Some experts say to control medical costs, America must ration health care. Others argue that care is already rationed in the U.S., often in hidden ways.It’s a highly charged issue. Even the term "rationing" is subject to dispute.
In South Africa, the government puts limits on life-sustaining kidney dialysis and doctors are tasked with deciding who lives and who dies. This is the story of two patients -- and the committee that determined their fates.
Some argue that the goal of medical rationing should be to focus resources where they will offer the greatest benefit to the greatest number. That is the aim of the UK's rationing plan but it's now under fire. Patrick Cox has part 2 of our series.
The rationing of health care is not always obvious or explicit. Implicit factors may determine who receives care and who does not.One factor may have imposed a form of unintentional rationing on AIDS care in Zambia, as David Baron reports.