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Rationing Medical Technology: Hospital Decision Making in the United States and England

  • Ann Lennarson Greer (a1)

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This paper analyzes medical technology decision making in the United States and England in terms of the appropriateness of different decision-making models to the organization and delivery of medical care, and to the rationing of technology among and within hospitals. It examines the effect on the American hospital of prospective payment programs from the perspective of organizational structure and decision making. The strategies of central control and specification which characterize these programs are contrasted with decision-making procedures in the English National Health Service, which have emphasized decentralization, delegation, and consensus. The analysis suggests that decentralized models of decision making are more supportive of essential elements of medical care including doctor-patient trust and professional responsibility and are more able to achieve rationing decisions which are compatible with professional and consumer preferences.

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  • Ann Lennarson Greer (a1)

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