Eeny, meeny, miny, moe; Catch a patient by the toe; To whom should the treatments go?

In every public health system in the world there are never enough so-called ‘elective’ (or non-emergency) services available for everyone who could potentially benefit from them.

This article discusses how patients are prioritized for elective services in New Zealand, and outlines a new process for creating ‘points systems’ developed in New Zealand that is now being exported to other countries.

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe; Catch a patient by the toe; To whom should the treatments go?”, EcoNZ@Otago, Jul 2008