Who Can Patients Trust?: Legal Responses to the Loss of Medical Professionalism
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Trust between patients and health professionals is vital for patient well-being, managing health care costs, and maintaining medical professionalism. Yet the United States ranks 24th out of 29 countries for the percentage of adults who agree that doctors can be trusted. Moreover, new models of health care delivery that emphasize teamwork and coordination of care over time are changing the relationship between physicians, non-physician health professionals, and patients, raising concerns about who is ethically and legally obligated to act in the patient’s best interest. This lecture explores the role of law in promoting patient trust and the changes in the law that are necessary to protect patients in the emerging health care environment.
Maxwell J. Mehlman is Distinguished University Professor, Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and Director of the Law-Medicine Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He received his JD from Yale Law School in 1975, and holds two bachelors degrees, one from Reed College and one from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. Prior to joining the Case Western Reserve faculty in 1984, Mehlman practiced law with Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in federal regulation of health care and medical technology. He is the co-author of Access to the Genome: The Challenge to Equality co-editor, with Tom Murray, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology co-author of Genetics: Ethics, Law and Policy, the first casebook on genetics and law, now in its fourth edition and author of Wondergenes: Genetic Enhancement and the Future of Society, published in 2003 by the Indiana University Press The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement, published in 2009 by the Johns Hopkins University Press and Transhumanist Dreams and Dystopian Nightmares: The Promise and Peril of genetic Engineering, published in 2012 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
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