How Will We Ration the COVID-19 Vaccine?

By DeLila Bergan, JD, MA, HEC-C~ A COVID vaccine has the potential to save a great many lives. This is not a resource we can afford to limit only to those who can pay for it: Unvaccinated individuals can contribute to the viral spread, so it will be essential to vaccinate as much of the

To Mask or Not to Mask

Why the Debate? By DeLila Bergan, JD, MA, HEC-C~ Facemasks are hot and annoying. They make it difficult for others to understand what we are saying. They obscure our facial expressions, complicating communication. And they are not the most attractive of accessories. But the novel coronavirus is dangerous

Who Makes Medical Decisions If You Are Incapacitated?

By DeLila Bergan, JD, MA, HEC-C ~ It’s 2:00 A.M. when the phone rings. I answer it, groggily. The voice on the line asks if I know Mr. Wallace. I do, but why is anyone asking me? Mr. Wallace is my former father-in-law. His late son and I divorced more than 20 years ago, and I

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