Short-term gain for long-term pain? Which patients should be treated and should we ration?

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Treatments of common conditions which do not affect mortality often become sidelined in the drive to improve efficiency and reduce costs. The rationing of patients is a divisive but crucial component to universal health care. How should this be accomplished?

Methods and Results:

In this article we examine the outcomes of various rationing methods in varicose veins.


No method is perfect and treatment of symptoms and complications should remain the target for all physicians.

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