by Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.
If Stephen Hawking knew that he was facing his last days he would surely have been amused that his death would come on Albert Einstein’s birthday and almost exactly two hundred years after the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. As a matter of character and reputation the imaginary Victor and the richly real Stephen couldn’t have been more different, but together they represent our Janus-Headed modern view of science and scientists.
Hawking was the bright, shining face of creative genius and human intellectual flourishing, gifted with both an immense imagination and a startling, vulnerable humanity. He was no less an explorer than Christopher Columbus or John Glenn, but his exploration came in the most human way possible, through his mind rather than mere physical mobility. …
This free event (registration here) is organized by Global Bioethics Initiative in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Romania to the United Nations. The topic of the long-term and end of life care is also a focus topic of the Ninth Working Session of the Working Group on Aging to be held from 23 to 26 July 2018, at the UN Headquarters.
Population aging is expected to exert a growing strain, worldwide, on health care systems, economies, and social institutions. It is a global challenge for the future provision of health care as the world faces the challenges of a growing aging population. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of the new agenda 2030 pledge to “leave no one behind” and include older persons by implication in 15 of the goals and their targets.
The opening panel discussion aims to provide a platform for a diverse set of stakeholders, including UN member states and UN entities, the private sector, and civil society to undertake a policy dialogue and to enable a better understanding of progress made, and challenges faced, in ensuring access to quality healthcare services including palliative care for older persons.
DATE & TIME
Friday, April 13, 2018
3:00-3:15 pm, Introductory Remarks
3:15- 5:00 pm, Expert Panel Discussion including Q and A Session
5.30 – 8.00 pm, Cocktail Reception by Invitation Only
Conference Room 2
46th Street & 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Health professionals face ever expanding possibilities for medical treatment, increasing patient expectations and at the same time intense pressures to reduce healthcare costs. This leads frequently to conflicts between obligations to current patients, and others who might benefit from treatment.
Is it ethical for doctors and other health professionals to engage in bedside rationing? What ethical principles should guide decisions (for example about which patients to offer intensive care admission or surgery)? Is it discriminatory to take into account disability in allocating resources? If patients are responsible for their illness, should that lead to a lower priority for treatment?
In this seminar philosophers from the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics will explore and shed light on the profound ethical challenges around allocating limited health care resources.
- Professor Dominic Wilkinson
- Professor Julian Savulescu
- Dr Rebecca Brown
- Guest lecture by Professor Thaddeus Pope
- Allocating intensive care beds and balancing ethical values
- Moralising medicine – is it ethical to allocate treatment based on responsibility for illness?
- Cost-equivalence – rethinking treatment allocation.
The afternoon will conclude with a live “ethics committee” deliberation on a clinical case.
Attendees at the meeting are encouraged to submit a case for discussion based on their clinical experience.
The documentary is an intimate, sensitive account of the lives of children with illnesses that can probably never be cured, meeting their families and doctors and exploring whether it can ever be right to let a baby die.
Some parents chose to withdraw treatment because they couldn’t bear to see their baby suffer any more. Other parents (as we see with the Haastrup, Evans, and Gard cases) choose to continue treatment past the point clinicians think appropriate.