Is scarcity of resources a valid legal defence?

Sibbald, Barbara
March 2000
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/21/2000, Vol. 162 Issue 6, p880
Academic Journal
Reports on the issue of scarcity of medical resources as an invalid legal defence. Examples of patients who have sued and won due to physician's failure to meet the standard of care expected; Duty to advise alternative treatments; Hospital waiting lists; Inadequacy of the cost-containment defence in which doctors must justify the level of care they provide despite cutbacks in funding.


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