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Healthcare Allocation: an ethical framework for public policy - Anthony Fisher OP & Luke Gormally (Eds) 2001

Introduction: Crisis in the NHS
Part 1: Preliminaries
1. Clarifying some central terms of the debate
2. Background to the current crisis in healthcare allocation
3. Some standard responses to scarcity
4. Ethical issues in the allocation debate and the content of this Report
Part 2: Healthcare Allocation: Unsystematic approaches and the contemporary search for principled solutions
5. Unsystematic approaches: allocating resources without planning
6. The contemporary search for principled solutions (1): What basis for principles?
7. The contemporary search for principled solutions (2): Liberal-welfarist approaches
8. The contemporary search for principled solutions (3): Utilitarian-economic approaches
Part 3: A Framework of Moral Understanding for Healthcare Allocation
9. Towards a substantive conception of the human good
10. Persons and their needs
11. The nature of human community and the provision of healthcare
Part 4: Criteria and Considerations relevant to Allocation Decisions
12. Inadequate allocation criteria
13. To each according to his/her need
14. Other considerations in healthcare allocation
Part 5: Catholic Social Teaching
15. Catholic social teaching and the allocation of healthcare
Part 6: Conclusion
16. Implications for public policy
17. Summary and Conclusions.

‘Healthcare Allocation is rightly organized and clearly presented; its argument is systematic and nuanced…True to its title and intent, this book serves well as a framework of principles for treating the many issues and points of view currently under discussion.’ Richard M. Haughian Health Progress

‘This book, produced on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Joint Bioethics Committee and expertly edited into a well-ordered discussion, is a useful contribution whatever the reader’s religious stance....The critique of some of the established processes and their justification is particularly valuable.’ Andrew Wall Health Services Management Research