Precision Medicine and Distributive Justice: Wicked Problems for Democratic Deliberation
(Conferences / Seminars / Lectures)
Join us for this webinar presented as part of the 2022-2023 Bioethics Public Seminar Series from the Center for Bioethics and Social Justice. Professor Leonard M. Fleck, PhD, will present on "Precision Medicine and Distributive Justice: Wicked Problems for Democratic Deliberation." Registration is open: https://bit.ly/bioethics-fleck more information...
Metastatic cancer and costly precision medicines generate extremely complex problems of health care justice. Targeted cancer therapies yield only very marginal gains in life expectancy for most patients at very great cost, thereby threatening the just allocation of limited health care resources. Philosophic theories of justice cannot address adequately the "wicked" ethical problems associated with these targeted therapies. Following Rawls, Fleck argues for a political conception of health care justice, and a fair and inclusive process of democratic deliberation governed by public reason. The virtue of democratic deliberation is that citizens can fashion autonomously and publicly shared understandings to fairly address the complex problems of health care justice generated by precision medicine. "Wicked" problems can metastasize if rationing decisions are made invisibly. A fair and inclusive process of democratic deliberation can make these "wicked" problems visible, and subject, to fair public reason constraints. What constrained choices do you believe you would endorse with your fellow citizens as being "just enough"?