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Who is Responsible for Health Risks?

The Sound of Ideas
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:00 am
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In the debate over the future of health care, we've spent more time talking about access than we have about what actually determines our health to a large degree: our behavior. A New England Journal of Medicine study says close to half of our illnesses are caused by unhealthy behavior. If that's so, what’s our individual responsibility to avoid bad habits that lead to illness? Should health reform include incentives to help us diet…or even penalties if we don’t? Wednesday morning at 9, join ideastream®'s Dan Moulthrop for a conversation about personal responsibility and the ethics of pushing people toward wellness.


Jessica Berg Professor of Law, Bioethics, Public Health, Case Western Reserve University
Carl Biats President, Morningstar Insurance & Financial Services, Inc.
J.B. Silvers Professor of Health Systems Management, Case Western Reserve University

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