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    Harald Schmidt

    • A New Era of Responsibility: For the U.S., England’s Health Service Constitution, and the Broccoli Police

      Posted on January 23, 2009

      The headline on the BBC News web site immediately after Barack Obama’s historic inauguration speech read: “Obama calls for new era of responsibility.” And indeed President Obama called for such an era, urging “recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do… Read more

    • Germany Institutes Incentives for Cancer Patients

      Posted on January 11, 2008

      A controversial element of Germany’s most recent health care reforms entered into force at the beginning of this year. Copayments for the chronically ill will double, to 2% from 1% of gross annual income, for patients who have not taken part in counselling sessions for certain age and sex-related screening and prevention programs before becoming… Read more

    • The 2007 Draft Declaration of Helsinki – Plus ça Change…?

      Posted on November 28, 2007

      The World Medical Association’s just-released draft version of the Declaration of Helsinki contains a number of significant changes, including some that raise important questions about the scope and status of the Declaration. Over the summer of 2007, the WMA invited comments from member organizations and other stakeholders to identify revisions, amendments, and new topics for… Read more

    • Health Responsibility, the Left, and the Right

      Posted on July 6, 2007

      Personal responsibility for health is a tricky issue. In addition to complicated philosophical problems, one of the major difficulties is that talk about personal responsibility appears deeply embedded in a polarized discourse between the political left and the right. The notion of personal responsibility is generally abhorred by the left. Generations of conservatives have made… Read more