Health Care Analysis

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 171-180

First online:

An Integrated Approach to Resource Allocation

  • Louise M. TerryAffiliated withFaculty of Health, Essex Campus, London South Bank University

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Resource allocation decisions are often made on the basis of clinical and cost effectiveness at the expense of ethical inquiry into what is acceptable. This paper proposes that a more compassionate model of resource allocation would be achieved through integrating ethical awareness with clinical, financial and legal input. Where a publicly-funded healthcare system is involved, it is suggested that having an agency that focuses solely on cost-effectiveness leaving medical, legal and ethical considerations to others would help depoliticise rationing decisions and command greater public acceptance.

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