Raising Problems Before Offering Solutions
That is the program I think we could do in Kansas City around the issues involved in pandemic preparedness. Missouri-wide, from a consortium of 4-5 ethics centers, a draft document has been prepared based on four fundamental ethical values: fairness, respect, solidarity, limiting harm.
If we were to get people to think about fairness (allocating healthcare resources fairly with a special concern for the most vulnerable), respect (each person must know that they will always be cared for and will be treated with dignity), in solidarity (each individual must consider the needs of others, not just family and loved ones but also to the community), and limiting harm (acknowledging that healthcare professionals will do as much good as possible while limiting harm resulting from the scarcity of resources), then we might have some reasonable discourse.
I know no better way to encourage such thinking than with small groups of people wrestling with broad moral values. THEN, begin to get specific.
ANY EXPERIENCE with this sort of thing in your part of the world????
Labels: health reform; medical ethics