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Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

This course will explore the complex challenges of allocating scarce medical resources at both the micro and macro level. Students will learn the theories behind allocation and use modern examples to explore how society makes the difficult decisions that arise when there is not enough to go around.

Start Date: May 01, 2013


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Using the cases of organs for transplantation, vaccines in a flu pandemic, and drug shortages, this course examines alternative theories for allocating--or rationing--scarce medical resources, while also exploring the principles and values that underlie those theories.


  • Dates: May 01, 2013 to Jun 01, 2013
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructor: Ezekiel J Emanuel
  • Institution: Coursera

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