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How Do I Do
the Right Thing?

What Does It Mean to be Human?

In this last session of our course, the panel will look at a specific area where ethics is important.  One of the most contentious and difficult areas of ethics today revolves around the related fields of medical ethics and biotechnology.  The questions raised are many.  On the medical front, how should we allocate medical resources?  Should decisions be based on a patient’s ability to pay or should we guarantee some standard of care to everyone?  If we choose the latter, who determines what that minimum standard of care is?  How should we handle shortages of medical supplies or personnel? Who makes end-of-life decisions?  Who pays for treatment?  These are critical questions that cross the boundaries between ethics, economics, psychology, sociology, business, and politics.  Consider your position as you watch the panel build their case.