Prioritization in Medicine

An International Dialogue

  • Eckhard Nagel
  • Michael Lauerer

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Michael Lauerer, Valentin Schätzlein, Eckhard Nagel
    Pages 1-7
  3. Evaluation and Decisions in Modern Healthcare

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. J. A. Muir Gray
      Pages 39-43
  4. Normative Dimensions of Methodological and Theoretical Approaches

  5. International Experiences: Normative Basis and Process of Priority Setting

  6. Legal Basis of Setting Priorities

  7. The Role of Age and Personal Responsibility

  8. Economic Evaluation

About this book


The gap between a rising demand for health care services on the one side and scarce resources on the otheris leading to a growing pressure on decision-making processes. Hence, prioritization in medicine has become an increasingly important issue for assuring stability of health systems and improving the capability of health care. The present volume addresses normative dimensions of methodological and theoretical approaches, the legal basis behind priority setting as well as international experiences concerning the normative framework and the process of priority setting. It also examines specific criteria for prioritization and discusses economic evaluations. Contributing authors from a broad range of scientific disciplines discuss prioritization within an international dialogue.


Allocation Health Care Medicine Prioritization Rationing

Editors and affiliations

  • Eckhard Nagel
    • 1
  • Michael Lauerer
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Healthcare Management and Health SciencesUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Healthcare Management and Health SciencesUniversity of BayreuthBayreuthGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-21111-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-21112-1
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