Healthcare

Professionalism in Peril

Plenary Address from CBHD's 15th Annual Conference: Healthcare and the Common Good.

Healthcare: A Cultural Diagnosis

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Plenary Address from CBHD's 15th Annual Conference: Healthcare and the Common Good.

 

Healthcare in the United States: Strengths, Weaknesses & the Way Forward

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Plenary Address from CBHD's 15th Annual Conference: Healthcare and the Common Good.

One of the great strengths of American healthcare system is its strong private sector orientation, which facilitates ready access to all manner of services for those with stable coverage and strongly encourages on-going medical innovation by product manufacturers. The rapid advance of medical technology over the past half century has unquestionably improved the health status for millions of American citizens.

Healthcare and the Common Good

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Plenary Address from CBHD's 15th Annual Conference: Healthcare and the Common Good.

What Has Healthcare Reform Got to Do with Ice Floes? The Déjà Vu of Rationing, the Elderly, and Social Valuation

For those whose worldview picture is framed by biblical anthropology, the recent tenor of the healthcare reform debate should come as no surprise. When Americans have been forced to ration healthcare in the past—e.g., the early dialysis era, organ transplantation—social valuation explicitly and implicitly crept into decision-making.[1] Unfortunately, contemporary discussion, once again, is openly engaging the same wrong-headed direction.

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勿傷害?

  

  

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Do no harm?

One Christian-Hippocratic position pertaining to the essentials of ethical medical practice has been unequivocal. There should be total separation between “black and white” medicine as described through the pregnant admonition: “do no harm.” Originally, the “black” side of medicine could be summarized neatly by two activities proscribed within the body of the Hippocratic Oath itself, abortion and euthanasia (or assisted suicide).

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Healthcare and the Common Good

The U.S. healthcare system is at once the envy of the world and in very deep trouble. Some resist the word “crisis” to describe our situation, suggesting that the diagnosis is too cynical. Others, like the Hudson Institute, have predicted that the impact of Boomers on the healthcare system will lead to the collapse of employer-provided healthcare (see William Styring and Donald Jonas, Health Care 2020: The Coming Collapse of Employer-Provided Health Care).

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What Has Justice to Do with Medical Quality and Safety? Care, Cultural Diversity, and the Vulnerable among Us

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In 2007, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Policy (AHRQ) reported that not only do significant disparities in healthcare quality exist between whites and minorities, but that these disparities have not been reduced in recent years.1 In fact, 60% of the clearly documented disparities did not decrease significantly on follow up. The metrics applied were comprehensive in that 42 measures of quality and 8 measures of access to care were evaluated.

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