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Ethics and health care ‘underfunding’
  1. Alan Maynard
  1. University of York


    There are continual “crises” in health care systems worldwide as producer and patient groups unify and decry the “underfunding” of health care. Sometimes this cacophony is the self interest of profit seeking producers and often it is advocacy of unproven therapies. Such pressure is to be expected and needs careful management by explicit rationing criteria which determine who gets access to what health care. Science and rationality, however, are unfortunately, rarely the rules of conduct in the medical market-place.

    • Underfunding
    • rationing
    • efficiency
    • equity
    • accountability

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    • Alan Maynard is Professor of Health Economics and Director of the York Health Policy Group in the Department of Health Studies at the University of York, Heslington, York.