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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Sally Pipes and Ken Connor argue against the motion "Ration End-of-Life Care" in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

End of Life Care

BROADCAST SCHEDULE: Saturday 6am, 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on  AM 820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM 820

Just because we can extend life, should we? The U.S. is expected to spend $2.8 trillion on health care in 2012. Medicare alone will cost taxpayers $590 billion, with over 25% going toward patients in their last year of life. If health care is a scarce resource, limited by its availability and our ability to pay for it, should government step in to ration care, deciding whose life is worth saving? In other words, how much is an extra month of life worth? The debaters are Dr. Art Kellermann, Peter Singer, Sally Pipes, and Ken Connor.

IQ2 US is the program for listeners who crave a clear view of the big questions that divide Americans. Every episode brings together world thinkers, policy-makers and journalists, in 2 on 2 debates, to argue the pros and cons of issues like health care, foreign policy, clean energy, and the war. Then listeners weigh in. Expect ear-catching, provocative radio that enlightens, entertains and informs.

Comments [4]

angela cesa from New York

can I get a podcast of these programs? They are so engaging. I would like to listen to them again and share them with family.

thank you for such excellent, provocative broadcasting!

Apr. 26 2013 12:46 PM
Mary Chisholm

Contrasting end of life choices for the elderly with the life of a young mother living in poverty who cannot afford hypertensive medications and suggesting that a choice must be made between the two, is presenting both a false choice and a emotionally-charged suggestion that to care for the elderly is to not care for the poor. Evidence-based medicine documents the number and costs of procedures at end of life that do not prolong life and do not improve quality of life. Physicians know this but their hands are often tied. This issue needs addressing. The cost of medications, the lack of preventative healthcare and the reliance on super sized, corn-syrup based foods in our culture would be better addressed by confronting pharmaceuticals and agribusiness than rationing healthcare to old people.

Nov. 10 2012 09:37 AM
Andrew Conn from New York

I agree with the previous comment. Along similar is not accurate to quote, for example, how excellent US natal treatment is (which I do not doubt) and compare it with the UK, for example, unless you take into account the relatively high infant mortality rate here because of those who do not have access to any treatment until it is too late. I would rather that 100% of the population has access to care with an 80% success rate than 50% of the population have access to better care for the same problem with a 90% success rate. Especially if that other 50% have a 15% chance of actually dying!

Nov. 10 2012 09:13 AM
julian maison

The lady speaking against end of life care, starts of by saying private health care is not legal in canada, that is not true, I wish you'd not allow people to get away with tell lies as if they are fact. Her stats about poeple's servival rates in other countries are debatable at best.
this braodcasting just "facts" dose not reflect well on you as a responsable news broadcaster.

Nov. 10 2012 06:23 AM

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