"Rationing can be defined as a way of limiting products in short supply in order to assure equal distribution.
World History has examples of rationing. Examples have included the USA during World War II and Cuba since 1961. Recent examples in Medicine have included Oregon and the Czech Republic.
Recently, Great Britain [with its National Health System] has considered rationing.
According to the BBC News Article: "Rationing:'Only Option' for NHS" [dated February 7, 2001"], the representatives of the British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing, Patients, Private Health Care Providers, and the Pharmaceutical Industry concluded: "Increased rationing is the only way to go forward."
BBC Look North of East Yorkshire/Lincolnshire [UK Local TV News Program] [on January 14, 2005] had a segment on how "Doctor Visits have been replaced by Paramedics."