Reserve System Design for Allocation of Scarce Medical Resources in a Pandemic: Some Perspectives from the Field
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to rationing guidelines for scarce medical resources. This paper describes the benefits of using a reserve system over a priority system in operationalizing compromises between certain ethical goals. In the last two years, more than a dozen states and local jurisdictions have adopted reserve systems in initial phases of vaccine distribution. We highlight several design issues arising in some of these implementations.
Forthcoming, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, vol. 38 no. 4, October 2022. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.