The Case of the Long-Distance Treatment

TitleThe Case of the Long-Distance Treatment
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsShanks, Thomas, SJ
PublisherSanta Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
AbstractMore than 65 million Americans are currently enrolled in managed care plans, which have been promoted as effective ways to deliver quality health care while containing costs. But these plans raise increasingly complicated ethical issues. In this case, a man diagnosed with cancer must go through with a bone-marrow transplant, but his HMO wants to send him to a new hospital hours away from his home because the company can get a discount on the treatment. What can the patient and his family do?
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