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Patients' views of explicit rationing: what are the implications for health service decision-making?

J Health Serv Res Policy. 2003 Jun;8(3):183-6
Devlin N, Appleby J, Parkin D.
Department of Economics, City University, London, UK.

Patient groups in England and Wales have expressed concerns about the decision-making processes of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the body responsible for explicit rationing.

Five key issues were identified by the Multiple Sclerosis Society regarding NICE appraisals and guidance:

We question the veracity of some of these arguments and, where appropriate, suggest ways in which NICE's processes might be strengthened.