Sponsored by the Maier Foundation & the Elizabeth and Herchiel Sims Fund at the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Who Decides Patient Treatment?
The University of Charleston kicked off the 2012 Speaker Series, with a special panel on the future of healthcare. “Who Decides Patient Treatment?” featured Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, currently running for the U.S. Senate; and Tony Coelho, former U.S. congressman from California and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Moderated by Dr. Ed Welch, president of the University of Charleston, the panel explored the extent to which the public, the government, or insurers should pay for treatment that individuals cannot afford, the extent to which patients should be allowed to choose treatment that is not “best practice,” and other ethical questions emerging from recent and proposed changes in healthcare law and policy.