The best hospitals have more superbugs. Do patients have a right to know?

The premier hospitals tend to have the most superbugs — they also have the best experts.

  • Many of the best hospitals also have superbugs within their walls.
  • One medical dilemma is whether to tell patients about a superbug's presence: will it inhibit them from seeking care?
  • The best hospitals may have the most superbugs, but they also have the experts who know how to treat patients sickened by bacteria, and possess some of the most powerful antibiotics around.
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How doctors really decide who lives and who dies

Should doctors allow their expertise to trump patient's personal goals — or should they yield to it?

  • Our health care system right now prizes efficiency, rather than embedding an ethics committee throughout a patient's treatment.
  • The challenge of being a medical ethicist is bringing "airy" concepts into clinical practice.
  • Sometimes the solutions to ethical issues become established via legal precedent.

The looming superbug crisis: Politics, profit, and Big Pharma

Here's how we stop a health crisis before it wreaks havoc on us.

  • Alexander Fleming discovered a fungus that produced a chemical that could stop nearly every bacteria in its path.
  • The 1950s are known as the Golden Era of Antibiotic Development. However, today, there is a looming superbug crisis because bacteria has mutated whilst we've focused on treating other diseases, such as cancer and heart disease.
  • Many companies in the pharmaceutical industry don't want to take on the expensive risk of finding another antibiotic drug. However, a potential superbug crisis may compel us to use tax-break and patent policies to incentivize them to do so.
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