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Can We Just Say "No"? The Challenges of Health Care Rationing

Monday, November 28, 2016
Philip Rosoff

One of the major challenges associated with deciding where to place boundary lines between what should be offered in a health care system and what should not is deciding what to use as a metric or marker to distinguish one from the other.  In this talk I will discuss how this could be accomplished in an ethically justifiable manner that potentially solves what I have called the “cutoff problem.”  

Philip M. Rosoff, MD, MA is professor of pediatrics and medicine and a faculty member of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine in the School of Medicine. In addition, he chairs Duke Hospital's Ethics Committee. Dr. Rosoff has had a long-standing interest in the intersection between clinical ethics and healthcare policy, especially in the setting of scarce resources. His most recent book, Drawing the Line: Healthcare Rationing and the Cutoff Problem, has just been published by Oxford University Press.

Humanities in Medicine Lecture

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Duke Hospital Lecture Hall 2002
Philip M. Rosoff, MD, MA, Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine

Lunch provided at NOON - Talk begins at 12:10pm