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Title: Fórum: Racionamento dos cuidados de saúde: Problemática inerente
Other Titles: Rationing health care services: an inherent issue
Authors: Pinho, Micaela
Keywords: Financial resources in health
Health priorities
Health systems
Health planning
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Pinho, M. (2008). Fórum: Racionamento dos cuidados de saúde: Problemática inerente. Cadernos de Saúde Pública 24(3), 690-695. Disponível no Repositório UPT,
Abstract: Limited resources in the health sector force a process of choice between alternative health care programs and services and patients or groups of patients who will receive care. In the absence of a price mechanism, the priority-setting process serves to allocate scarce resources among competing uses, and is thus a form of rationing. Traditionally, implicit approaches have dominated the health sector’s decision-making, mostly by physicians. However, in the face of increasing budget constraints and rising patient expectations, more explicit and socially acceptable priority- setting practices are needed. Internationally, the development of explicit prioritization has proven difficult and controversial.
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