Are there limits to consumerism in healthcare?

Mary Anne Bobinski • JUNE 6, 2016

Mary Anne Bobinski of the University of British Columbia discusses the nature of the physician-patient relationship. In recent years, there has been a shift away from a physician-driven approach to healthcare in which physicians are presumed to know what is best for patients, toward a more consumer-driven approach in which consumers are empowered to seek treatment consistent with their values and preferences. According to Bobinski, there are limits to the latter approach. New trends in consumerism are raising concerns in, for instance, reproductive sex selection, controversial therapies, extreme plastic surgery, and other areas. To find ways to move forward when there are clashes between the values and preferences of patients and the values and preferences of physicians, we need better tools and guidelines with which to address these concerns in the legal system.

This video is by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School  
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