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American Health Care: An International and Ethical Perspective

Date: 11/10/2012

Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

Cost: $50


This Saturday morning seminar is offered by the College of Continuing Education's LearningLife program.


The U.S. health care system has been the subject of intense debate throughout the presidential campaign, and last summer the Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. But while public discussions centered on legality and politics, the broader international context of our current system was largely ignored. How does our health care system compare to that of other industrialized nations? How is it that our international peers are able to achieve better outcomes at significantly lower costs? Join an international expert in the field of biomedical ethics as he considers issues ranging from rationing and access to primary care, to the costs of medical malpractice, technology, and insurance. Using the most reliable and up-to-date information available, he will compare rates of smoking, age, and obesity throughout the industrialized world. The honest analysis of this kind of information is needed if we are ever to move beyond rhetoric to a broader understanding of the ethical imperative and economic advantages of national health care reform. Tuition includes refreshments.

Instructor Steven Miles, M.D., is professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School where he holds the Maas Family Endowed Chair in Biomedical Ethics. Widely published on topics of human rights and end of life care, he is the author of four books including The Hippocratic Oath and the Ethics of Medicine (Oxford University Press, 2004) and Oath Betrayed: America's Torture Doctors (University of California Press, 2009). Dr. Miles served as medical director for the American Refugee Committee for 25 years, which included service as chief medical officer for 45,000 refugees on the Thai-Cambodian border. His work has changed health care insurance, end-of-life care, refugee camp medicine, and prison medical ethics. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities and was named 2005 Minnesotan of the Year by Minnesota Monthly magazine.


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LearningLife is a program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. Established in 1913, the College provides high-quality continuing education and lifelong learning opportunities for professional development, personal enrichment, career transitions, and academic growth.


  • Name: College of Continuing Education Information Center
  • E-mail: cceinfo@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4000
  • Sponsored by: College of Continuing Education

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To request disability accommodations, please contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at 612-624-4000 or at cceinfo@umn.edu.

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