Physician reimbursement increasingly depends upon measures of healthcare quality. Physicians who fall short on quality measures now face financial penalties. But it might be quality measures, themselves, that are falling short, according to a study conducted by the American College Physicians. … Continue reading →
When the world’s first research on editing the genes of human embryos by Chinese scientists was published in an international journal in 2015, a report in the New York Times characterised the key issue involved as “a scientific ethical divide between China and West.” Earlier this year, an article in the magazine Foreign Policy by… Read more
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Obamacare gave employers permission to charge smokers up to 50% more for health insurance, as a way to incentivize healthier behavior. But to make sure smokers had a fair chance to avoid these penalties, the law required employers to provide tobacco cessation … Continue reading →
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Elizabeth Warren describes medical bills as “the leading cause of personal bankruptcy” in the United States. She bases that opinion in part on her own research, in which she and her collaborators surveyed people who had experienced personal bankruptcy, asked them whether they’d … Continue reading →
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Physicians have the privilege and duty to care for patients at the end of life. Sometimes a physician’s actions factor into a patient’s death; such as discontinuing life-support (including ventilators, cardiac devices, and dialysis), clinically supporting patients who voluntarily stop eating and drinking (VSED), providing palliative sedation, and in states where it is legal, prescribing a lethal dose of medication to a dying patient. These cases have clinical, legal, ethical, sociocultural, and psychological dimensions that are often challenging for physicians to navigate.
At this conference, we'll set the stage for ongoing discussion of these practices and the issues physicians caring for dying patients often face, as both medical technology and patients’ requests for planned death evolve.
Speakers other than me include (among many others):
- J. Randall Curtis
- Linda Ganzini
- Timothy Quill
- Haider Warraich
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
I recently received an email from a community organization which asked the following question: “Are there any ethical issues with our community health plan selling its medical records to a private company?” This is not an example of a new occurrence. A spate of news in recent months suggests efforts by various private companies to get a hold of private medical records with the goal of finding a way to profit off this information (the commodification of our information). Consider Sloan Kettering’s dealto sell its pathography samples and records to Paige.AIto develop artificial intelligence to help in treating cancer (and with lots of conflicts of interests for the administrators who put together the deal).…