Health Care and Ethics Podcast Series

Public awareness of pediatric bioethics dilemmas is often limited to media reports dramatizing conflicts over the rights of families and doctors in determining the circumstances for performing highly experimental surgeries or limiting life-saving treatments to seriously ill newborns, today remembered as educational case studies or lawsuit names--from Baby Fae to Baby K. 

Perhaps you have had a discussion with friends about the best attributes you want in your own doctor.

At A2Ethics.org, we have recently had such a chat (More on an entirely different kind of chat in a moment). One quality we decided is truly essential: the doctor who listens, not only to our hearts and lungs, but who actually listens to what we say and hears us out. In other words, we want our doctor to give us a fair amount of time. We don’t need all day. Just enough to get our concerns circulated and aired in a fair-minded and nonjudgmental manner.  

Jimena Loveluck of the HIV/AIDS Resource Center returns to talk with Bart and Jeanine about the organization, its mission, and the obstacles along the way. HARC was founded in 1986, and CEO Jimena Loveluck has been with the company since 1989. What has changed over the years? How do we separate the myths from the reality when it comes to treating people with HIV infection and AIDS?

For more, visit www.hivaidsresource.org.

Bart and Jeanine discuss ethics in social work and privacy at the Wellness Community, a free program for cancer patients and their families. With Executive Director Barb Hiltz and Program Director Bonnie Dockham.

Bart and Jeanine talk with legendary Holistic Health Practitioner Linda Diane Feldt about the ethics in the world of alternative medicine. An eye-opening hour-long discussion of health care outside of the mainstream system. For mature listeners only. This podcast contains explicit adult themes not appropriate for young listeners.

A2ethics.org met with Executive Director Jimena Loveluck of HARC (HIV/AIDS Resource Center), and asked her about the challenges of dealing with a disease that some Americans think has been outsourced (like jobs in Michigan) to places overseas, but which she and others who work in the field know is still taking an enormous toll on people living in southeastern Michigan.

 

A2ethics.org was fortunate to gather a group of policy-makers and professionals all charged with considering the ethics of reasoned rationing when an generalized epidemic, such as AIDS or pandemic flu occurs. Is is possible to be reasonable in such situations?

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