Harald Schmidt is giving a lunchtime talk for Penn's bioethics interest group on the ethics of rewards and penalties for health behavior.
Should obese people pay more for health insurance? Should employers offer health risk assessments and biometric screening for all employees, to improve the prevention of chronic conditions? Should employers go further and reward the uptake of health screenings with financial incentives? Should they penalize employees who do not use them? Or should they require use of health screenings as a precondition for enrollment? These are not merely abstract questions inviting reflection of issues around the ethics of personal responsibility, scientific evidence, and the scope and limitations of health policy. Through action or inaction at the policy level, employers providing health insurance answer them on a day to day basis, and some fraction answers each of the questions affirmatively. Their responses therefore have very direct consequences for around 50% of the population who are covered by employer sponsored health insurance. However, it is not straightforward to say which policies are justified and which ones are not. The interactive talk provides an overview of current policy initiatives and identifies the key ethical issues that are at stake.
Jan. 17-20, 2014. For more information, click here.
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