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Wait times and national health policy
  1. Alex Rajczi
  1. Correspondence to Professor Alex Rajczi, Department of Philosophy, Claremont McKenna College, Faculty Support West, 850 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711, USA alex.rajczi{at}


Many arguments against US healthcare reform appeal to facts about wait times, and wait times are also discussed in debates about national health policy in other industrialised countries. This paper points out that there are several different ways to measure wait times. We currently measure them in one way, and this paper describes an alternative. The most reasonable assessments of US and international health reforms need to rely on the alternative method, and so when critics of health reform rely on the standard method, their arguments are unsound.

  • Distributive Justice
  • Resource Allocation
  • Health Care Economics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Quality of Health Care

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