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Setting Limits Fairly
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Setting Limits Fairly: Can we learn to share medical resources?

Norman Daniels and James E. Sabin


The central idea for this book is that we lack consensus on principles for allocating resources and, in the absence of such a consensus, we must rely on a fair decision-making process for setting limits on health care. The book provides a cogent analysis of the current situation and reviews the usual candidate solutions. It also describes the book's own approach, which represents a clear advance in thinking. The goal of this book is to answer a central question about justice and health care: how can a society or health plan meet population health care needs fairly under resource limitations?

Keywords: allocating resources, decision-making process, resource limitations, health plan, limit setting

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195149364
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Norman Daniels, author
Tufts University, USA

James E. Sabin, author
Harvard Medical School, USA