Social Justice and the Doctor-Patient Relationship: A Debate

DrRich | January 25th, 2013 - 10:41 am

I interrupt this well-deserved (if I do say so myself) hiatus in my blogging career – during which I have remained busy doing other important stuff – to post this link to a debate in which I participated recently.

This Oxford-rules debate took place on November 28 at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and was sponsored by the Benjamin Rush Society.  The resolution being debated was, “The Requirements of Social Justice are in Conflict with the Requirements of an Ethical Doctor-Patient Relationship.”  I and my debate partner (Dr. Lee Hieb, past president of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons), braved the strikingly Progressive atmosphere of the GWU campus to argue the affirmative.

The debate was spirited, and I think Dr. Hieb and I more than held our own.  I thank the Benjamin Rush Society, and especially Dr. Beth Haynes (Executive Director of the BRS) and Dr. Bruce Shaver (chapter leader of the GWU chapter) for asking me to participate.

This YouTube video of the entire proceedings is almost an hour and a half long. If you are interested in seeing my major contribution, which lasted for only 8 minutes, fast forward to the 29:30 minute mark.