Health Care Policy: A Reader

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Over a decade ago the field of bioethics was established in response to the increased control over the design of living organisms afforded by both medical genetics and biotechnology. Since its introduction, bioethics has become established as an academic discipline with journals and professional societies, is covered regularly in the media, and affects people everyday around the globe. In response to the increasing need for information about medical genetics and biotechnology as well as the ethical issues these fields raise, Sheed & Ward proudly presents the Readings in Bioethics Series. Edited by Thomas A. Shannon, the series provides anthologies of critical essays and reflections by leading ethicists in four pivotal areas: reproductive technologies, genetic technologies, death and dying, and health care policy. The goal of this series is twofold: first, to provide a set of readers on thematic topics for introductory or survey courses in bioethics or for courses with a particular theme or time limitation. Second, each of the readers in this series is designed to help students focus more thoroughly and effectively on specific topics that flesh out the ethical issues at the core of bioethics. The series is also highly accessible to general readers interested in bioethics. This volume collects critical essays by leading scholars on issues of justice and unequal access to quality health care, the impact of race and ethnicity in biomedical research and clinical practice, the unethical conduct of underpowered clinical trials, the effects of mandatory parental notification in teenage sexual healthcare, stem cell research on 'spare' embryos, and other crucial areas where moral and ethical dilemmas emerge from new and existing policy and legislation.

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Editorial Reviews

David F. Kelly
Health Care Policy is not the usual compilation of well-worn items, but a truly effective gathering of exceptionally evocative recent articles about essential issues too often neglected. Shannon has interwoven issues that affect the individual ('I might be bio-terrorized;' 'I need better health insurance') with issues that affect others (HIV/AIDS in Asia and Africa; selling kidneys in India). This collection evokes a sense of solidarity in an unusually effective way, demonstrates our global interdependence, and underlines the critical importance of developing ethically adequate national and international health care policy.
Kenneth R. Himes
As the literature on bioethics expands there is great need for textbooks providing first-rate essays that are helpful to students. Relying upon his vast knowledge of the field, the selections chosen by Tom Shannon constitute an excellent anthology for understanding the social policy issues of bioethics. It is a book that should appear on many future course syllabi.
Thomas Nairn
Anyone who works or teaches in the field of bioethics is familiar with Professor Shannon's anthologies. With this volume, he now brings his skill to the ethical issues involved in health care policy. These essays not only show the breadth of development in this area in the past few years. They also offer the reader an insight into the diversity of methods needed for critical ethical reasoning itself.
Richard M. Gula
There has been a flood of literature on health policy in the past decade. This collection is like a lifeline to those trying to tread these waters or daring to step into them for the first time. Tom Shannon has skillfully selected essays that represent the scope and complexity of a very turbulent field in bioethics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742532168
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Series: Readings in Bioethics Series, #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Shannon is professor of religion and social ethics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of many articles and books in Catholic social thought, bioethics, and genetics. He is co-author with Thomas Massaro of Catholic Perspectives on Peace and War, with James Walter of The New Genetic Medicine, and is the editor of the series Readings in Bioethics for Sheed & Ward.

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Table of Contents

1 Justice, health, and healthcare 1
2 An unequal epidemic in an unequal world 27
3 The importance of race and ethnic background in biomedical research and clinical practice
4 The model State Emergency Health Powers Act : planning for and responses to bioterrorism and naturally occurring infectious diseases 45
5 Collaborating with industry - choices for the academic medical center 63
6 The continuing unethical conduct of underpowered clinical trials 75
7 Effect of mandatory parental notification on adolescent girls' use of sexual health care services 87
8 Economic and health consequences of selling a kidney in India 99
9 Scholarly watchdogs for an ethical netherworld 111
10 Clinical and organizational factors associated with feeding tube use among nursing home residents with advanced cognitive impairment 117
11 Xenografts and retroviruses 133
12 Donating spare embryos for embryonic stem-cell research 139
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