Rationing and critical care medicine.

  title={Rationing and critical care medicine.},
  author={Nicholas S. Ward and Mitchell M. Levy},
  journal={Critical care medicine},
  volume={35 2 Suppl},
As healthcare expenditures have continued to grow in the United States and elsewhere, the demand for cost-cutting measures has increased. This has led many to wonder if we are, in fact, rationing health care. Critical care is characterized by very high expenditures on a relatively few number of patients, many of whom do not survive, and it is therefore a likely place where rationing could occur. Although much has been written about the concept of rationing, there are few data about the practice… CONTINUE READING