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07/19/2014

Do Oregon and North Dakota Healthcare Surrogates Perform Better?

In most states an individual can appoint a healthcare agent not only without the consent of the agent but also without even discussing the appointment with the agent.  In fact, many healthcare surrogates fulfill the role of substitute decision mak…

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07/18/2014

Pope Cited by NRLC before Senate Judiciary Committee

Many of my (pro-liberty) positions on end-of-life medical treatment issues do not endear me to the National Right to Life Committee.  

But I do aim to produce careful and circumspect scholarship.  Consequently, I was pleased to see the presi…

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07/17/2014

Only a Third Who Express a Preference to Die at Home, Actually Die at Home

There is a well-known discrepancy between people’s preferences to die at home and their likelihood to actually die at home.  This has already been measured several times.  Now, there is additional confirmation.

Last week, the UK Office of Na…

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07/17/2014

Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter Word

Philip M. Rosoff is a practicing physician and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, where he is also a member scholar of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and History of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Ethics at Duke University Hospital.

He has just published Rationing Is Not a Four-Letter Word with MIT Press.  I like this book’s thesis and explored it (a little) in some posts like “Top 10 North American Death Panels.”


Here is the abstract:

Most people would agree that the healthcare system in the United States is a mess. Healthcare accounts for a larger percentage of gross domestic product in the United States than in any other industrialized nation, but health outcomes do not reflect this enormous investment. In this book, Philip Rosoff offers a provocative proposal for providing quality healthcare to all Americans and controlling the out-of-control costs that threaten the economy. He argues that rationing—often associated in the public’s mind with such negatives as unplugging ventilators, death panels, and socialized medicine—is not a dirty word. A comprehensive, centralized, and fair system of rationing is the best way to distribute the benefits of modern medicine equitably while achieving significant cost savings.

Rosoff points out that certain forms of rationing already exist when resources are scarce and demand high: the organ transplant system, for example, and the distribution of drugs during a shortage. He argues that if we incorporate certain key features from these systems, healthcare rationing would be fair—and acceptable politically. Rosoff considers such topics as fairness, decisions about which benefits should be subject to rationing, and whether to compensate those who are denied scarce resources. Finally, he offers a detailed discussion of what an effective and equitable healthcare rationing system would look like.

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07/16/2014

Defending Advance VSED – Hasten Death by Dehydration

VSED has been getting a lot of attention lately.  NPR radio host Diane Rehm discussed her husband’s use of VSED to hasten his death.  Sir Chris Woodhead discussed VSED in the ongoing assisted dying debate that will reach the House of Lords on…

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07/15/2014

Call for Papers – AALS Section on Law, Medicine & Health Care Works-in-Progress for New Teachers

Call for
Papers

AALS Section
on Law, Medicine & Health Care

Works-in-Progress
for New Law School Teachers

AALS Annual
Meeting, Washington, DC

Saturday,
January 3, 2015

  
The
AALS Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care is pleased to announce a Call for
Papers for a special Works-in-Progress for New Law School Teachers Program.  The Section will run the Program from 5:15 to
6:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, at the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington,
DC.

This
program will bring together junior and senior health law scholars for a lively
discussion of the junior scholar’s’ works-in-progress.  Junior health law scholars will submit papers
that they expect to submit in the spring 2015 law review submission cycle.  After they briefly present their papers in a
concurrent roundtable setting, senior scholars will provide oral comments and
critiques.  This new program presents an
opportunity for the audience to hear cutting edge health law scholarship by
recent members of the academy.

We
will limit our selection to two or three papers.
Form & Length of Submission

Eligible faculty members are
invited to submit either manuscripts or abstracts dealing with any aspect of health
law or policy.  Abstracts must be
comprehensive enough to allow the committee to meaningfully evaluate the aims
and likely content of the papers proposed. 
Papers may be accepted for publication but must be at a
stage where input still would be useful.  Papers must not be published prior to the
Annual Meeting.

Deadline & Submission Method

To
be considered, manuscripts or abstracts and a CV must be submitted
electronically to both: 
Chair,
Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care
Ani B. Satz, Emory University School
of Law, asatz@law.emory.edu
Chair-elect,
Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care
Thaddeus Pope, Hamline University
School of Law, tpope01@hamline.edu
The
deadline for submission is September 1, 2014.

Selection
& Notification

Papers
will be selected after careful review and discussion by the Executive Board of
the AALS Section on Law, Medicine, and Health Care.

The
authors of the selected papers will be notified by September 22, 2014.

If
a selected author has submitted only an abstract for review, the author must
submit the corresponding manuscript by December 15, 2014.

The
Call for Paper participants will be responsible for paying their annual meeting
registration fee and travel expenses.

Eligibility

Full-time
untenured faculty members of AALS member law schools are eligible to submit
papers.  The following are ineligible to
submit: foreign, visiting (without a full-time position at an AALS member law
school) and adjunct faculty members, graduate students who are not also
enrolled in a qualifying J.D. program, fellows, non-law school faculty, and
faculty at fee-paid non-member schools.  Papers
co-authored with a person ineligible to submit on their own may be submitted by
the eligible co-author.

Please
forward this Call for Papers to any eligible faculty who might be interested.


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07/14/2014

Funerals – Posing the Dead as Living

I like the idea of remembering people as they were.  But this funeral posing also seems to feed into strong death-denying currents in our society.

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07/13/2014

Kentucky Judge to Decide on Hospital Treatment for Dead 2-Month Old Isaac Lopez

On Monday, July 14, Judge McKay Chauvin (Jefferson County Circuit Court, Kentucky) will determine whether Norton Healthcare and Kosair Children’s Hospital must continue organ-sustaining interventions for two-month-old Isaac Lopez.  His father is a…

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07/13/2014

20th World Federation Conference of Right to Die Societies

Check out the schedule of events for the 20th World Federation Conference of Right to Die Societies in Chicago in September.

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07/12/2014

International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice

Check out this amazing program, next month, for the International Conference on End of Life: Law, Ethics, Policy, and Practice.

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