Public opinion and rationing in the United Kingdom

D King, A Maynard

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In the United Kingdom and as in all other countries, health care professionals ration access to diagnosis and treatment. Throughout its history there has been a reluctance to acknowledge the existence, let alone the nature of rationing processes and public opinion about them. Several health policy reforms are discussed with reference to their approach to dealing with the scarcity of health care resources. Data taken form the 1998 Eurobarometer Survey are analysed to examine public opinion regarding rationing issues, such as funding for health care, the need to set limits in health coverage, the role of stakeholders in setting priorities, and the use of age, and other factors, as a criteria for setting priorities. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-53
Number of pages15
JournalHealth Policy
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999


  • rationing
  • health care
  • public opinion
  • Great Britain
  • AGE

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