Bi-weekly Chapter Roundup: October 31, 2013

It has been a busy couple of weeks for GlobeMed at Rutgers. Weeks’ worth of work will be culminating at the documentary screening of Sicko by Michael Moore that is coming up soon. The screening, which will be held at the Douglass Campus Center at 7 PM on November 6, is an opportunity to foster a deeper understanding of the American healthcare system so that Rutgers students can make more informed decisions regarding healthcare reform. The documentary compares the for-profit healthcare model in the U.S. to the non-profit models in countries such as Canada, Cuba, and the U.K., focusing on health insurance and the pharmaceutical industries. And if the promise of becoming a more well-rounded, informed, globally aware citizen is not incentive enough to come, there will also be free food and Cambodian souvenirs.
Speaking of Cambodia, GlobeMed at Rutgers also has the Chords for Change benefit concert coming up on November 14. All the money raised will go towards supporting our partner in Cambodia: C.S.S.D, Cooperation for Social Services and Development.
The GHU team has also been keeping busy this autumn. Last week we compared different types of health care systems around the world to the one we have in the U.S. This past week we discussed the ethics of physician-assisted suicide. This controversial health issue has millions wondering how much pain is too much pain, and, moreover, what is the role of the physician in facilitating ending the pain? And as an extension of the previous week’s discussion, what are the conflicts that arise if and when PAS is to be paid for by insurance companies?
There are no easy answers, but easy is overrated anyway.

Written by Indira Malladi

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