Allotransplantation and the Affordable Care Act

TitleAllotransplantation and the Affordable Care Act
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHedahl, M, Henderson, M, Heurer, K, Nelson, JL, Rieder, TN, Whyte, K
Corporate AuthorsGeorgetown University Undergraduate Bioethics Society,, American Society for Bioethics + Humanities,
Date Published04/2013
PublisherGeorgetown University Undergraduate Bioethics Society
Place PublishedWashington, D.C.
AbstractSee page 15 of PDF) Allotransplantation is the transplantation of the face, limbs, etc. These transplantations are usually not life-saving, but can have the result of bother altering the physical appearance of a patient as well as enhancing their ability to interact socially and have astounding impact on the morphology of the brain. However, these procedures are extremely expensive. The Affordable Care Act ensures that health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Affordable Insurance Exchanges, offer a comprehensive package of items and services which are known as essential health benefits. Should non-life saving or non-life sustaining transplants (hands, limbs etc.) be added as an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act?
NotesCase from the 2013 Bioethics Bowl head as part of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. Hosted by Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. April 5-7, 2013.
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