This fourth of five summaries in the series covers the presentation by C.L. Gray, a medical doctor, founder and President of Physicians for Reform. Dr. Gray provided a riveting description of various medical philosophies and ethical practices that have evolved from the days of Plato in early Greek culture to the present day.
To make his point about current, radical ethics practices, he reviewed the case of Barbara Wagner, a 64-year old woman in Oregon stricken with lung cancer. She did not have personal health insurance, but the state’s Oregon Health Plan was available to help her. Her oncologist recommended chemotherapy for her, but the state-run Oregon Health Plan said they would not pay for the chemotherapy but would pay for physician-assisted suicide. The state rejected her two appeals for overturning the state’s decision…..continued