Limited Information, Medical Entitlements and Distributive Justice
Semkow, Brian W.
Social Science and Medicine. 1985; 21(10): 1187-1192.
A probabilistic model is proposed for use by social planners faced with the problem of how to allocate health care resources, including diagnostic tests, among medically dissimilar individuals when there is imperfect information concerning the medical conditions of the individuals. The model, which is expressed in mathematical formulas, involves analyzing a set of "limited social welfare optima," the underlying distributional goals of which are governed by a parameter representing society's aversion to inequality. (KIE abstract)
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