Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stephen Frankel
    Pages 1-14
  3. John Cullis
    Pages 15-41
  4. Stephen Farrow, David Jewell
    Pages 63-79
  5. Stephen Frankel, Margaret Robbins
    Pages 80-95
  6. Stephen Frankel, Robert West
    Pages 115-131
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 132-157

About this book


This book offers an analysis of the ways in which current means of rationing health care in Britain produce the least desirable outcome: The restriction of access to some of the most cost effective treatments. The problems of gaining access to non-urgent surgical treatments have beset the NHS from its beginning, and the existence of waiting lists is assumed to be the inevitable feature of the overwhelming demand for healthcare. Frankel and West's book examines the necessity of such waiting lists and considers the system which perpetuates them in its wider historical and political context.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Frankel
    • 1
  • Robert West
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine Canynge HallHealth Care Evaluation UnitBristolUK
  2. 2.Department of Epidemiology and Community MedicineUniversity of Wales College of MedicineCardiffUK

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