Health Care Analysis

, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp 171–180 | Cite as

An Integrated Approach to Resource Allocation

  • Louise M. Terry


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.

decision-making model macro-allocation medical-social triage resources 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Louise M. Terry
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  1. 1.Faculty of Health, Essex CampusLondon South Bank UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

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