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Medical College of Wisconsin—DINNER LECTURE: “Is Healthcare a Right?”

January 17, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


All are welcome to join us for this dinner lecture as we continue the discussion of two different viewpoints surrounding the topic “Is Healthcare a Right?”—a crucial consideration in the argument for and against universal healthcare.

Is healthcare a right


This dinner talk with our very own Dr. Beth Haynes, Medical Director of the Benjamin Rush Institute, and will be entitled “Are rights relevant to healthcare? An inquiry.” Both talks will have plenty of time for Q&A as we hope to actively engage this topic.

Our lunch talk (separate RSVP requested) will be held by Dr. Fabrice Jotterand, a Medical College of Wisconsin Associate Professor of Bioethics, and will be entitled “Keeping the Debate on a Moral Ground: Why Health Care is not a Right.”

Please RSVP for both or either event to ensure enough refreshments for all.

POST-EVENT SUMMARY: Forty students and faculty attended this dinner talk. This was the second of two talks the BRI-MCW chapter hosted on the topic of “Is Healthcare a Right?” Dr. Beth Haynes, BRI medical director came to Wisconsin and, after attending the lunch talk, gave us an incredible, conversation based dinner talk. She challenged preconceived notions about ethics and rights while posing questions from a “beginners mind.” This approach was able to challenge many students—as can be seen in the comments provided.

I really enjoyed these events. Dr. Beth Haynes was both very engaging and open to conversation. I felt that she had a very strong opinion and appreciated her thought process. She has definitely given me more to think about when it comes to the Ethics of Healthcare.” ~Anonymous MCW Student

I really appreciated the spirit of camaraderie that surrounded the event. Coming into Dr. Beth Haynes’s talk, I was a strong believer in universal healthcare. After the event, I feel like I do not know enough about philosophy or ethics to have complete confidence in my foundations. I am still a believer in universal healthcare, but she gave me a lot to strongly consider. We need more talks like this on campus. Conversations around healthcare are nearly impossible to have these days, especially given our current political environment. I felt comfortable sharing my thoughts, arguing, and hearing from others who differ from me.” – T. Taylor


January 17, 2018
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
[email protected]


Joshua DeJong
(815/3 ) 15-3877


Medical College of Wisconsin, Kerrigan Auditorium
8701 W Watertown Plank Rd
Wauwatosa, WI 53226 United States
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