Tag: ethics

  • Who Gets Health Care Priority? Resource Allocation in a Middle Income Country

    Adriane Gelpi, a doctoral candidate in Health Policy at Harvard and a fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, describes the intricate ethics and politics of health care resource allocation in Chile. This was originally posted on the Safra Center blog. Imagine that you are the Minister of Health for Chile, a middle-income […]

  • Don’t Hire Smokers?

    Dueling perspective articles in this month’s New England Journal debate whether it is ethical for employers to refuse to hire smokers. Health care employers (including the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which is owned by my employer and the employer of most of the authors) have led the way with these hiring bans. Harald Schmidt, […]

  • Immigration and the Moral Claim to Health Benefits

    Remember this moment? Barack Obama: “There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false – the reforms I’m proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally.” Representative Joe Wilson: “You lie!” In fact, President Obama was not lying. The promise he made in his […]

  • An Emotional Rollercoaster: Trends in Subjective Wellbeing During the Economic Downturn

    Since 2008 Gallup has polled a random sample of 1,000 Americans daily (link here) about their subjective well-being. The data provide a rich basis for examining the short-run effects of the economic recession on self-reported happiness, life evaluation, and stress. In a masterful paper, Angus Deaton digs into the data to show how the population […]