Who's being irresponsible?

D. Haslam

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This article analyzes the ban imposed on the funding of sterilization by the National Health Services (NHS). Meaning, if a man wants a vasectomy or a woman decides on a laparoscope sterilization, then they have to pay the full cost. Thus, those who cannot afford to pay will be deprived of this simple, civilized measure. Either they will need more contraceptive care (which costs money), or they will have more children (which costs even more). On the other hand, the health authority has different objectives, and is saving cash by banning a completely different set of procedures. Furthermore, different Health Authorities have different systems of rationing. And if only the Government would make rationing explicit by establishing national guidelines for what the NHS can and cannot afford, then we would all know where we stand.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
JournalThe Practitioner
Issue number1579
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1997


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