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Williams: UNTHSC will take leadership role in discussing ethics of health care

Tue, Feb 11, 2014

In the Community, Patient Care

UNT Health Science Center will take a lead role in identifying and discussing the ethical implications that emerge as a result of the rapidly changing health care delivery system, President Michael R. Williams, DO, said Saturday.

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Williams made his remarks while welcoming guests to the Tarrant County Academy of Medicine Ethics Consortium “Health Care in a Civil Society: Who is Accountable for Your Health?” hosted by the Health Science Center.

Regardless of one’s politics or beliefs, the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will lead to changes that will raise new questions for the community, Williams said.

“We’re going to discuss the ethical implications of a lot of health care issues that we face in today’s society,” he said. “Who is accountable for care? Who should be? And who should not be?

“I think it is extremely imperative that UNT Health Science Center take a leadership role in holding these kinds of discussions.”

The consortium was open to the public and included a panel of health care experts. Discussions focused on the challenges in developing a health care system that provides quality, access and affordability, and how community members could work together to create changes that lead to an improved health care delivery system.

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