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A Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health event - "Ethical Issues in the Prioritization of Health Resources"

Ethical Issues in the Prioritization of Health Resources, Apr 23-24, 2009

Day One

These are the slides for Day One: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Session 1

8:30 AM


Session Chair: Dan Wikler
Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics, Harvard School of Public Health

8:45 AM

Case I: Cancer Drugs

If a cancer drug is modestly effective but disproportionately expensive, may wealthy countries decline to cover its costs?
Deborah Schrag
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

10:00 AM

Case II: Renal Dialysis in Thailand

If saving all in need is too expensive, should some be rescued while others die?
Slides | Paper
Viroj Tangcharoensathien
Director, International Health Policy Program, Thailand Vijj Kasemsup
Lecturer, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Thailand

11:00 AM

Case III: Pneumococcal Vaccine in Mexico

Should middle-income countries compromise on the standard of care?
Mauricio Hernández
Vice-Minister of Health, Mexico

Session 2

1:30 PM


Session Chair: Norman Daniels
Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics, Harvard School of Public Health

1:45 PM

Should this principle outrank both cost-effectiveness and equality in health resource allocation?

Paper | Handout
Roger Crisp
Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, St. Anner's College, Oxford University

2:30 PM

Priority to the Worst-Off

Alex Voorhoeve
Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, London School of Economics

3:30 PM


JP Sevilla
Academic Fellow, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School