Reassessing the “VaxTax”

By Nathan Petrovic. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed that inequalities are still a worldwide problem concerning healthcare, especially regarding the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. As more affluent countries bought massive stocks of vaccines, lower and middle income (LMICs) countries struggled to gather enough vaccines. To counteract this predicament, Albertsen and Germani et al. have proposed […]

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How much credibility does my testimony deserve? This is not for an algorithm to decide!

By Giorgia Pozzi. The hype about the promises of machine learning (ML) systems in medicine is real, even though not always justified. As ethicists have been increasingly pointing out in the past years, quite some work still needs to be done to ensure their responsible use and safeguard fundamental bioethical principles, such as justice and […]

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Challenging lesser evil justifications for non-clinically indicated uses of antipsychotics in aged care facilities

By Hojjat Soofi. The administration of antipsychotic medications to residents with dementia in aged care facilities remains a subject of considerable controversy. A major focus of the controversy has been on the (questionable) influence that non-clinical considerations have on the rate of antipsychotic prescriptions in aged care facilities. Often, the primary beneficiaries of antipsychotic uses […]

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Suicide assistance in Switzerland: for palliative care physicians, the reality is more complex than you might think

By Martyna Tomczyk. As is well known, assistance in suicide is allowed in Switzerland. Although this practice is not explicitly regulated by law, Article 115 of the Criminal Code stipulates that assisting someone to commit suicide is only punishable if this is carried out for selfish reasons. Private right-to-die organizations have developed their activity in […]

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Loneliness is major public health concern, and bioethicists should rise to the challenge

By Zohar Lederman. Loneliness nowadays poses one of the greatest threats to human health. It was prevalent worldwide before Covid and has gotten worse after Covid. It negatively affects our health, increasing the risk of depression, suicide, cardiovascular disease and early mortality. Loneliness also makes us miserable. Identifying these, several governments, the American Academies of […]

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