Ration End-Of-Life Care

Next Debate Previous Debate
EndOfLifeWeb2

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CHICAGO IDEAS WEEK

Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? 

   

  • Art-Kellermann-web

    For

    Dr. Art Kellermann

    Chair in Policy Analysis, RAND Health

  • petersinger web

    For

    Peter Singer

    Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

  • sallypipes web

    Against

    Sally Pipes

    President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Research Institute

  • kenconnor web

    Against

    Ken Connor

    Chairman, Center for a Just Society


    • Moderator Image

      MODERATOR

      John Donvan

      Author & Correspondent for ABC News

See Results See Full Debate Video Purchase DVD Read Transcript
Listen to the edited radio broadcast

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Listen to the unedited radio broadcast

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Subscribe to the Podcast
Art-Kellermann-web

For The Motion

Dr. Art Kellermann

Chair in Policy Analysis, RAND Health

Arthur Kellermann holds the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Chair in Policy Analysis at the RAND Corporation. Before joining RAND, he was a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health and Associate Dean for health policy at the Emory School of Medicine in Atlanta. Kellermann founded Emory's Department of Emergency Medicine and served as its first chair from 1999 to 2007. As a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, Kellermann worked for the professional staff of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives. A clinician and researcher, he practiced and taught emergency medicine for more than 25 years.

Learn more
petersinger web

For The Motion

Peter Singer

Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

Peter Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. He specializes in applied ethics and approaches ethical issues from a secular, preference utilitarian perspective. Singer is well-known for his book, Animal Liberation, a canonical text in animal rights/liberation theory. From 2005 on, Singer has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Learn more
sallypipes web

Against The Motion

Sally Pipes

President and Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Research Institute

Sally Pipes is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Pacific Research Institute (PRI), a San Francisco-based think tank founded in 1979.  In November 2010, she was named the Taube Fellow in Health Care Studies.  Prior to becoming President of PRI in 1991, she was Assistant Director of the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. Pipes' latest book, The Pipes Plan: The Top Ten Ways to Dismantle and Replace Obamacare, is a follow-up on her book The Truth About Obamacare (2010). She writes a weekly health care column called “Piping Up” for Forbes.com.

Learn more
kenconnor web

Against The Motion

Ken Connor

Chairman, Center for a Just Society

In 2005, Ken Connor founded the Center for a Just Society, where he serves as the organization’s Chairman. Connor is affiliated with the law firm of Connor & Connor, LLC, a firm nationally known for its successful representation of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect.  He served as Counsel to Governor Jeb Bush in Bush v. Schiavo, one of the country’s most watched cases in the long-running legal battle to protect a severely disabled woman, Terri Schindler Schiavo, from a court order to remove her feeding tube. Because of his advocacy on behalf of nursing home residents, the state’s Democratic Attorney General appointed him to Florida’s Task Force on the Availability and Affordability of Long Term Care.

Learn more

Declared Winner: For The Motion

Online Voting

About This Event

21 comments

20|-
  • Comment Link WillyP Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:49 posted by WillyP

    This is chilling. Only in Chicago would 81% of an audience approve of removing the decisions around end of life care to a rationing board. Maybe this seems like a good idea, but I can't imagine thinking so as they weigh the advantage of keeping you alive as you watch helplessly from your hospital bed.

    A patient can always choose DNR. A patient can always request to die naturally. To invite a bureaucratic third party with implicit judicial and legislative authority - with an inimical interest in reducing costs - into the hospital room strikes me as a very dangerous idea.

Leave a comment

Make sure you enter the (*) required information where indicated. HTML code is not allowed.