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The role of doctors in managing scarcity

Published:December 11, 2015DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2015.09.003
      The paper by Macchi and Pavan [
      • Macchi L.
      • Pavan A.
      Managing a research hospital at the time of a global economics crisis: cruising between Scylla and Charybdis.
      ] reaffirms that sustainable publicly funded healthcare systems depend on a mature recognition of the necessity to manage scarcity. The moral importance of preventing and treating diseases and disability with effective health care systems derives from the way in which protecting normal functioning contributes to protecting opportunity and preserving the individual ability to participate in the political, social and economic lives of their society. It is therefore of the utmost importance to have an universalistic health care system. In recent years this need has been undermined by the constant reduction of the resources necessary to maintain an acceptable standard of public health care.

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