• 00:01    |    
    Opening credits
  • 00:20    |    
    • Difference between children and adults
    • Definition of child paternalism
    • Medical paternalism
    • Purpose of the conference
  • 07:50    |    
    Explanations of paternalism
    • Knowledge
    • Externalities: Prevention of problems
    • Paternalism asymmetries
  • 14:50    |    
    Effectiveness of medical paternalism
    • Medical paternalism
    • Overall effect of medicine
      • Practice variation
      • Inexistence of correlation between medicine and health
  • 22:37    |    
    Paternalism: Resolution of disagreements
    • Fact disagreements
    • Intentional and irrational disagreements
      • Differences between rational and irrational disagreements
      • Emotional components
  • 32:59    |    
    Effectiveness of the seat belt Law
    • Commentary: Consequences of attending a party
    • Justification of paternalism: Killing
    • Cost and Benefit analysis
    • Externalities
  • 42:25    |    
    Advice: Alternatives to paternalism
  • 44:45    |    
    Final credits

Making Sense of Medical Paternalism

New Media  | 22 de octubre de 2007  | Vistas: 1627

The difference between an adult and a children, is that an adult has the freedom to make his own decisions, while the children has to accept the parent's decisions. This relationship is known as a paternalism. Paternalism is also present between adults in government regulations and social welfare, specially in medicine and health. The justifications of paternalism are ignorance, prevention, externalities, and resolution of disagreements. In the presence of paternalism, irrational and emotional disagreements between parties increase, and unexpected effects on the prevention of negative consequences appear. A cost and benefit analysis can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of paternalism.


Associate professor at George Mason University


Nuestra misión es la enseñanza y difusión de los principios éticos, jurídicos y económicos de una sociedad de personas libres y responsables.

Universidad Francisco Marroquín