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This volume contributes to the ongoing debate about healthcare rationing by bringing together case studies of resource allocation at different levels of the healthcare system. Drawing on research from the United Kingdom, Europe and North America, it examines issues such as prioritisation and access to care in a range of hospital and community settings.
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1. Introduction. A sociological perspective on rationing: power,rhetoric and situated practices (Donald Light and DavidHughes).
2. Risk and Rationing. Rationing through risk assessment inclinical genetics: all categories have wheels (Lindsay Prior).
3. Governmentality and risk: setting priorities in the new NHS(Paul Joyce).
4. Rationing in Hospitals. Categorisation and micro-rationing:access to care in a French emergency department (Carine Vassy).
5. Everyday experiences of implicit rationing: comparing thevoices of nurses in California and British Columbia (Ivy LynnBourgeault, Pat Armstrong, Hugh Armstrong, Jacqueline Choiniere,Joel Lexchin, Eric Mykhalovskiy, Suzanne Peters and JerryWhite).
6. Rationing in the Community. Rationing health car to disabledpeople (Gary L. Albrecht).
7. Categorising to exclude: the discursive construction of casesin community mental health teams (Lesley Griffiths).
8. Professional Resistance. Subverting criteria: the role ofprecedent in decisions to finance surgery (John Heritage, ElizabethBoyd and Lawrence Kleinman).
9. Clinical actions and financial constraints: the limits torationing intensive care (Irvine Lapsley and Kath Melia).