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Scott Rae on healthcare in biola magazine

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The current issue of BIOLA Magazine has a very brief and helpful interview on health-care policy with BIOLA ethicist, Scott Rae. Here is an excerpt, with his response to the question: “For those who want and can’t get insurance, what’s the appropriate Christian response?”

Our obligation to those folks from a Christian worldview is to ensure that they get the treatment they need for illness and to ensure that it doesn’t wipe them out to do it. Most people who are uninsured can get treatment for acute things; it’s against the law for emergency rooms to turn people away. But that’s just for acute things. So if I don’t have insurance and I get cancer, I’m stuck. And the only way I can take advantage of Medicaid is to spend down all of my assets first, which basically bankrupts me before the fact, rather than after it. So we probably ought to make some distinction between being uninsured and not having access to treatment. Practically, those can be the same things at times, but those are not necessarily the same things.

Check out the full interview here.

-D

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Written by Michael Duenes

February 1, 2010 at 3:10 am

Posted in Duenes, Ethics

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