Public healthcare resource allocation and the Rule of Rescue.

  title={Public healthcare resource allocation and the Rule of Rescue.},
  author={R Cookson and C McCabe and A Tsuchiya},
  journal={Journal of medical ethics},
  volume={34 7},
In healthcare, a tension sometimes arises between the injunction to do as much good as possible with scarce resources and the injunction to rescue identifiable individuals in immediate peril, regardless of cost (the "Rule of Rescue"). This tension can generate serious ethical and political difficulties for public policy makers faced with making explicit decisions about the public funding of controversial health technologies, such as costly new cancer drugs. In this paper we explore the… CONTINUE READING