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06/06/2018 - 3:10pm

Join me for "Practical Medical Ethics: Rationing Responsibly in an Age of Austerity," two weeks from today, on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, at Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford.

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.

1-1.30 registration

1.30 - Introduction: Prof Dominic Wilkinson, University of Oxford

1.35: Guest lecture: Prof Christian Munthe: Rationing antibiotics in the face of drug resistance: ethical challenges, principles and pathways

2.05: Dominic Wilkinson: Allocating intensive care beds and balancing ethical values

2.25: Rebecca Brown: Moralising medicine – is it ethical to allocate treatment based on responsibility for illness?

2.45: Julian Savulescu: Cost-equivalence – rethinking treatment allocation.

3.05:  Guest Lecture: Prof Thaddeus Mason Pope: Allocating organs – the US approach

3.40: Tea/coffee

4: Live philosophical ethics committee: (A panel of philosophers and ethicists respond to case brought by conference attendees)

5: Refreshments: Wine/soft drinks/cheese

06/06/2018 - 3:10pm

Join me for "Practical Medical Ethics: Rationing Responsibly in an Age of Austerity," two weeks from today, on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018, at Ship Street Centre, Jesus College, Oxford.

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?...

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