Dying in 559 beds: efficiency, 'best buys', and the ethics of standardization in national health care.

Journal of Medicine and Philosophy

PubMedID: 1545184

Battin MP. Dying in 559 beds: efficiency, 'best buys', and the ethics of standardization in national health care. J Med Philos. 1992;17(1):59-77.
While a national health care system may be greeted with enthusiasm on many grounds, it poses substantial moral problems--not the least of which would be the clash between the 'standardization' of care for the sake of efficiency and the needs of individual patients. Such problems are best seen in the treatment of dying patients.