PHIL 411 A: Justice in Healthcare

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 4:20pm
Location: 
* *
SLN: 
18929
Joint Sections: 
B H 574 A, B H 474 A
Instructor:
Nancy S. Jecker

Syllabus Description:

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INSTRUCTOR
Nancy S. Jecker, PHD
Professor, UW School of Medicine
Virtual Office Hours: By apt (email to schedule) 
Email: nsjecker@uw.edu
Website: UW Faculty Website

GOALS: 
(1) Demonstrate basic knowledge of distributive justice theories; (2) Identify connections between theories of justice and health care rights
; (3) Distinguish implicit and explicit forms of health care rationing; (4) Critique the U.S. healthcare system using global comparisons; (5) Understand future challenges facing health care systems; (6) Appreciate cultural assumptions underlying ethical theories and moral judgments.

DESCRIPTION: The course examines the ethical problem of allocating scarce health care resources with an emphasis on fundamental principles of justice. Part I introduces theories of justice and considers the support they lend to health care rights. Part II explores health care rationing, including rationing based on a patient's ability to pay; likelihood, length, or quality of medical benefit; social value; age; random selection; first come, first served; and favored group status. Part III surveys future challenges facing U.S. and global health care systems, including health inequities and emerging infectious diseases.

REQUIREMENTS:  

Undergraduate Student Requirements apply to students who have not completed a bachelor's degree.

  • Examinations (100 points each, total 200 points): demonstrate mastery of course material using a multiple choice and short essay format

  • Group Projects (33 or 34 points, total 100 points): working in a small group, debate a contemporary bioethics problem. Groups discuss, debate, prepare & present material to the class

  • Philosophical Reflections (10 points each, total 100 points): reflect about a philosophical position in response to a prompt posed by the instructor

Graduate Student Requirements apply to students who have completed a bachelor's degree.

  • Examinations (100 points each, total 200 points)

  • Group Projects (33 or 34 points, total 100 points)

  • Philosophical Reflections (10 points each, total 100 points)

  • Paper (100 points each, total 100 points): prepare a single or co-authored research paper exploring a topic discussed in class in greater depth. Submit a proposal for approval by the instructor before beginning work on the paper. For multi-authored papers, each author must attest to meeting authorship guidelines set out by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Not to exceed 8 pages (2000 words).

POLICIES: 
Instructor, Assignment Policy: late assignments accepted only for students with documented disabilities
UW, Student Academic Responsibility Policy
BH Department,  Course Policies & Guidelines
BH Department, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Policy

Catalog Description: 
Examination of the ethical problem of allocating scarce medical resources. Emphasizes the fundamental principles of justice that support alternative health policies. Offered: jointly with B H 474.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 14, 2020 - 11:10pm