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Distributing medical resources

An application of cooperative bargaining theory to an allocation problem in medicine


Antje Köckeritz

Allocating scarce medical resources has become an important topic in public discussion. In the German statutory health system we are facing a situation of lacking adequate funds for all needs. The financial restrictions force us to use resources wisely. This emphasizes the need of general allocation rules and criteria applied in medical allocation situations. The purpose of this work is to implement and interpret properties of cooperative bargaining theory to special allocation situations in medicine. The author shows how the concepts of Nash and Kalai/Smorodinsky can be applied to a medical allocation problem and discusses implications of their properties and solutions for the German health system.


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European University Studies Europäische Hochschulschriften Publications Universitaires Européennes Series V Economics and Management Reihe V Série V Volks- und Betriebswirtschaft Sciences économiques, gestion d’entreprise Vol./Bd. 3416 Frankfurt am Main · Berlin · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Wien PETER LANG Antje Köckeritz Distributing medical resources An application of cooperative bargaining theory to an allocation problem in medicine PETER LANG Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften 3 ISSN 0531-7339 ISBN 978-3-631-62398-5 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2012 All rights reserved. All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at Zugl.: Halle-Wittenberg, Univ., Diss., 2011 “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” by Robert Frost

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