The implementation of health care reform is controversial and contentious. While surveys show that most Americans are dissatisfied with the current system and think it should be fundamentally altered, support breaks down around what to do and how to control costs. Clarity on the values
underlying health care is needed to find the common ground required for consensus. As Daniel Callahan, cofounder of The Hastings Center and editor of the Health Care Cost Monitor
, said in testimony to the President’s Council on Bioethics, “I believe that by far the most important problem in bioethics is that of formulating criteria for a humane health care system, one that rests on a solid foundation of appropriate goals for medicine.” A collection of articles on health care reform from the Hastings Center Report
is available in Resources, below.