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February 18, 2014

Freedom for the corporation, religious servitude for the individual

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Many women in this country gained insurance coverage for their contraceptive costs under the controversial Affordable Care Act (ACA).…

January 1, 2014

The Year in Bioethics That Was

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come.…

December 19, 2013

A Call to Physicians: To Do No Further Harm, or Ethical Practice as Just Distribution of Healthcare

Bandy X. Lee, M.D.

*Primum non nocere*, to first do no harm, is the unchanging foundation for Hippocratic medical ethics. Each generation must, nevertheless, redefine what “doing no harm” means for its time.…

October 3, 2013

Health Care for All in the Year 2154

By Jessica Jerome, PhD

Imagine a world where the wealthy separate themselves off from everyone else, living in mansions with perfectly coiffed lawns, enjoying long and healthy lives of sedentary pleasure.…

October 1, 2013

Purchasing Health Insurance as a Civic Duty

by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

Every fall, I co-teach a course on justice and health care.  In this course, my students and I discuss various theories of justice, examine different health systems, and reflect on what kind of society we live in. …

September 27, 2013

The Sky Is Falling: Health Exchanges and Government Shutdown

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

In case you have not heard, the world is going to end on Tuesday. Like the Y2K bug and Harold Camping’s prophecy of the rapture in May 2011, the political media is predicting the end of modern civilization on October 1, when the Affordable Care Act Health Exchanges begin a 6-month period of signing up participants.…

August 28, 2013

Paying for Patient Empowerment

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

Way back in 2009 when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was being debated across the country, one of the more controversial elements was a section (HE 3200, Section 1233) that would provide physician reimbursement for conversations about end-of-life advance care planning.…

August 23, 2013

Privacy for Sale

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

How much is your privacy worth? Would you be willing to give up your rights to medical privacy for $50?…

July 23, 2013

Pride in A Health Care System

Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

This past month I was fortunate to spend several weeks touring northern Europe with my family. These are the lands of the midnight sun, where smoked salmon is more popular than hamburgers, and where a summer temperature of 75 is unseasonably warm.…

June 10, 2013

A Tale of Two (or Three) States

Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD

I recently learned that my home state of Texas has refused to participate in Medicaid expansion that is part and parcel of the Affordable Care Act.…

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Published Articles (1)

American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 13 Issue 9 - Sep 2013

An Ethical Analysis of Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Personnel: Implementing Fairly and Balancing Benefits and Burdens Armand H. Matheny Antommaria

News (59)

March 20, 2014 1:43 pm

My Neighborhood Makes It Easier to Get Pregnant Than To Go To College

‘You should get pregnant,’ a friend told me. ‘Girl, the government will take care of you, trust me.’

February 21, 2014 2:40 pm

Unusual Iowa abortion rule has surprising result

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics  decided not to bill the state for the 15 abortions it had performed as of mid-February.

February 20, 2014 5:45 pm

Insured patients are often not transferred for better care, study finds

Patients with insurance may not be transferred to specialized trauma centers as quickly as those without, a Stanford study has found.

February 11, 2014 7:38 pm

Did AOL CEO Tim Armstrong Violate HIPAA?

Tim Armstrong has already acknowledged (and apologized) for his sizable gaffe last week, but is he also guilty of violating healthcare’s privacy law known as HIPAA?

February 5, 2014 6:30 pm

New rule allows patients to get test results directly from labs, without doctors’ clearance

Patients may obtain their test results directly from the laboratory that produced them, without having to go through their doctors.

January 21, 2014 1:01 pm

Obama: Marijuana No More Dangerous Than Alcohol

With a majority of Americans now in favor marijuana legalization, President Barack Obama is now saying weed is no more dangerous to individuals’ health than alcohol.

December 11, 2013 7:13 pm

FDA Finally Imposes Some Controls on Agricultural Antibiotics. Sort Of.

The US Food and Drug Administration dropped some long-awaited-but-still-big news regarding the use of antibiotics in meat production.

November 13, 2013 4:32 pm

Many Would Give Private Info to Health Insurers to Save Money

There is nothing “inherently wrong” with offering people financial incentives aimed at improving their health and reining in health care costs, Blumenthal-Barby said. But divulging your risk of potentially developing a disease at some point in the future is another matter.

October 29, 2013 7:18 pm

Report: Medicaid Expansion May Lower Prison Costs

States can combat rising prison health care costs by expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act, outsourcing and taking other measures, a report released Tuesday states.

October 2, 2013 2:06 pm

Health Exchanges Open for Business—With Glitches

After Scramble to Fix Technical Wrinkles, Online Marketplaces to Offer First Clear Look at Pricing.

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