Bioethics and the Health of Children. Larry R. Churchill Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society Vanderbilt University. Major Themes. The U.S. medical care system is hazardous to the health of children Medicare is one of the largest hazards
Larry R. ChurchillCenter for Biomedical Ethics & SocietyVanderbilt University
The U.S. medical care system is hazardous to the health of children
Medicare is one of the largest hazards
Making the health of children paramount will require new ways of thinking--a cultural shift
Why the health of children is important to everyone
Physicians (especially pediatricians) have an important role in making policy changes
Views needs and interests at a point in time for segments of the population
Views needs and interests of total population over a lifetime
All philosophy is training for death.
Teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Teaching people to die is teaching them to live.
Any definition of health that is not silly must include death.
What a mature society would do
The vulnerability of the young
On-going stability of social service and medical care systems for adults depends on healthy children
How young workers will feel/think about older adults if they were deprived as children …solidarity, reciprocity
Mutualism—relationships in which both parties benefit from the interaction (Erik Erikson)