Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A Primer

A human skeleton from the skull down to the shoulders.

Given the current conversation around physician-assisted-suicide, aka. Medical Assistance in Dying, aka. MAID, in light of this survey promoted by the federal government, I though that as my first Moral Guillotines of 2020 that I would give a little overview on MAID in the Canadian context, and some of the upcoming issues. What is MAID?… Continue reading Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID): A Primer

AI Bias in Healthcare

A man in a doctor's coat and a man in a business suit stand in front of a window. Both are looking at a third party who is off screen.

I've talked about AI Ethics in the past- about how AI is not unbaised, but rather takes our biases and amplifies them, because AI and ML (Machine Learning) algorithms must be programmed in the first place. They centralize decision making, and create "black boxes" that are often unparseable to their users. Even proliferation of bias in… Continue reading AI Bias in Healthcare

Ethics, Health, and Weight: 2 Stories

Story 1 I have a complicated relationship with my body. I would say that generally speaking, I am of an average size and shape, and I certainly would never call myself fat in the earshot of another. Nonetheless, every time I visit my family doctor and step on the scale, my doctor frowns, looks at… Continue reading Ethics, Health, and Weight: 2 Stories

Truth in Context

One of the most basic moral concepts that children are taught from a young age is that "lying is wrong", of course, we see as we age that lying is completely social acceptable, and at times socially required. As moral philosophers, we understand that we should lie if it will protect someone from bodily harm,… Continue reading Truth in Context

The Murky Waters of Patient-hood

Normally I write about healthcare ethics, and ethics more broadly from an outsider perspective. I write about philosophical theories, and hypotheticals, and news articles, and not about myself. This is because I'm highly privileged (white, moderately well-off despite the student thing, some minor problems with anxiety and panic attacks but no flare ups in a… Continue reading The Murky Waters of Patient-hood

Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

Welcome to cannabis legalization Canada, a place where there are approximately 100 cannabis thinkpieces per day that range the gamut from where the shortages are to how cannabis will impact employment practices and relationships. In addition to these though, I have noticed a concerning trend of stories, where cannabis use is seen by doctors as… Continue reading Cannabis, Obesity, and Trust’s Role in Healthcare

New Principles for Bioethics

The more I study ethics, the more I think that the fundamental problem is simply this: How to get people to care about others. But in the lack of an answer to that question (and I don't have one, let me know if you do), we rely on theories and principles so that individuals who… Continue reading New Principles for Bioethics