June 14, 2019

Holly Fernandez Lynch JD, MBE selected to be Greenwall Faculty Scholar

Holly Fernandez Lynch JD, MBE is the John Russell Dickson, MD Presidential Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Her project is "What Makes Health Care Gatekeeping Ethical?”

Patients may exercise their autonomy only to the extent authorized by health care “gatekeepers,” including the government, insurers, clinicians, and industry. Motivated by calls to acknowledge patient expertise, as well as broader attacks on traditional expertise and authority, Professor Lynch’s project aims to generate an ethical framework to interrogate the scope, value, and legitimacy of health care gatekeeping and to develop sound policy approaches, with an emphasis on gatekeeping at the end of life.

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