[CUA Office of Public Affairs]                                                                        

Sept. 26, 2001

Contact: Chris Harrison




German and U.S. Experts to Discuss Ethics of Health Care

Medicare and Medicaid Administrator to Deliver Keynote Address

German officials will join their American counterparts on Thursday, Oct. 4, to discuss ethical issues related to their differing approaches to health care delivery in their respective countries. More than two dozen scholars, health care practitioners, diplomats and public officials will gather at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law to examine how the philosophical and legal traditions in Germany and the United States affect current health care issues.

“The Ethics of Health Care: An Assessment in Germany and the United States” will be held in the law school’s William J. Byron, S.J., Auditorium from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The program is co-sponsored by the law school’s Health Law Institute, Catholic University’s Schools of Nursing and Philosophy, and the Embassy of Germany in the United States.

Germany has provided its citizens universal access to health care since the late 19th century, while the United States, until recently, has relied on individual initiative and voluntary assistance.

Conference participants will speak on topics such as universal access, patient’s bill of rights, emerging technologies of DNA manipulation and the soaring costs of hospitals and physicians.

Thomas A. Scully, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services at the Department of Health and Human Services, will deliver the keynote address during the 1 p.m. luncheon.

German speakers include Judge Rainer Schlegel of the Federal Social Court in Kassel; Ms. Regina Schmidt-Zadel, spokesperson for Health Policy, Social Democratic Party, German Parliament; Ms. Birgit Mickley, director of the Health Policy Division, Ministry for Women, Youth, Family and Health, Nordrhein-

Westfalen; and Gunther Neubauer, University of the German Army, Munich.

In addition to scholars from Catholic University’s schools of law, philosophy and nursing, experts from Georgetown University, the Heritage Foundation, the Johns Hopkins University and the Mayo Clinic will be among the panelists.

The conference is open to the media. Press wishing to attend must contact Chris Harrison or Victor Nakas at 202-319-5600. For more information on the conference program, see http://law.edu/conference/HealthLaw.htm.





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