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WHAT’S A BODY WORTH? ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS OF PUTTING A VALUE ON HUMAN LIFE MMVIII DoD/MEDCOM SYMPOSIUM PowerPoint Presentation
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WHAT’S A BODY WORTH? ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS OF PUTTING A VALUE ON HUMAN LIFE MMVIII DoD/MEDCOM SYMPOSIUM

WHAT’S A BODY WORTH? ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS OF PUTTING A VALUE ON HUMAN LIFE MMVIII DoD/MEDCOM SYMPOSIUM

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WHAT’S A BODY WORTH? ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS OF PUTTING A VALUE ON HUMAN LIFE MMVIII DoD/MEDCOM SYMPOSIUM

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  1. WHAT’S A BODY WORTH? ETHICAL AND ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS OF PUTTING A VALUE ON HUMAN LIFEMMVIII DoD/MEDCOM SYMPOSIUM JOSEPH A. PROCACCINO, JR. LEGAL ADVISOR TO THE SURGEON GENERAL UNITED STATES AIR FORCE HQ USAF/SGJ

  2. NUMBERS CHALLENGE • 2347 • 0103 • 0214 • 0302 • 0319 • 0329 • 0408 • 1457

  3. REVERSIONARY MEDICAL TRUST • BREAST CANCER CASE • $25,000 CASH • $250,000 PLACED IN MEDICAL REVERSIONARY TRUST FOR 5 YEARS • IF RELATED CANCER RETURNS WITHIN 5 YEAR PERIOD, CLAIMANT CAN OPEN AND RECEIVE TRUST AMOUNT • IF NO RELATED CANCER AFTER 5 YEARS, TRUST MONEY REVERTS BACK TO U.S.

  4. CEREBRAL PALSY CASE:STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT • $50,000 CASH TO LITTLE GIRL • $80,000 TO PARENTS • $110,000 TO ATTORNEYS

  5. CEREBRAL PALSY CASE:STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT • ANNUITY PURCHASED FOR CHILD • $310, 000 • ANNUITY PROVIDES FOR $1,500 PER MONTH UNTIL CHILD REACHES AGE 15 • AFTER AGE 15, INCREASES TO $2,500 PER MONTH FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE • ANNUITY ALSO PAYS LUMP SUM AMOUNT OF $50,000 CASH TO CHILD EVERY FIVE YEARS FOR THE REST OF HER LIFE

  6. CEREBRAL PALSY CASE:STRUCTURED SETTLEMENT • FAMILY ASKED FOR $3,500,000 • IF ALL BENEFITS TOTALED OVER CHILD’S LIFETIME, AMOUNT WOULD SURPASS $3,700,000. • TOTAL COST TO GOVERNMENT - $550,000

  7. DAMAGE CONSIDERATIONS • AGE • FAMILY • GEOGRAPHY • ECONOMIC EXPECTATIONS • PRIOR PHYSICAL CONDITION • REHABILITATION POTENTIAL • CONTRIBUTORY NEGLIGENCE • SPECULATION

  8. DAMAGE CONSIDERATIONS CONT’D • DEGREE OF NEGLIGENCE • EMOTIONAL • OUTRAGEOUS • SEX • RACE • COUNSEL • JUDGE • STATUTORY LIMITATIONS & SET-OFFS • SYMPATHY • BIAS • MEDIA

  9. FOR THE PROVIDER: IS THE ETHIC OF JUSTICE PRESENT IN CARE DELIVERY? • DOES BIAS AFFECT QUALITY OR QUANTITY OF CARE? • QUALITY OF LIFE CONSIDERATIONS • PATIENT STATUS OR ATTITUDE • PROVIDER MOTIVATION

  10. GOALS FOR THE ATTORNEY • CONSISTENCY • APPROPRIATE APPLICATION OF LAWS • INTEGRITY • FAIRNESS • HUMANITY