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Medicine & Law ~ Hobby Lobby, Dr. Kevorkian, Joan Rivers + Tests = 62 Slides Totally
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These are three separate legal medical case presentations of Hobby Lobby & Medical Insurance; Joan Rivers and Malpractice Law; Dr. Jack Kevorkian and assisted suicide law. Each has its own multiple choice quiz with answer key included. There are 30 Questions Total. All three presentations combine Medical Health Care & Law. Free Posters are also included at the links below to go with each presentation. They are High Resolution Images.
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SUMMARY HOBBY LOBBY
"Burwell v. Hobby Lobby," is a landmark 2014 decision by the United States Supreme Court allowing closely held for-profit corporations an exemption from a law its owners religiously object to if there is a less restrictive means of furthering the law's interest. The court recognized a for-profit closely held corporation's claim of religious belief against certain contraceptives as being too uncomfortably close to aborting life. Hobby Lobby is owned (held) by a single family, the Green family.
The decision is an interpretation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The court did not say whether or not such corporations are protected by the free-exercise of religion clause of the First Amendment of the Constitution. The Court's conservative majority struck down the contraceptive requisite which was in a regulation adopted by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This regulation required employers to cover a comprehensive listing of certain contraceptives for their female employees. By a 5-4 vote, the court said that the mandate was not the least restrictive way to ensure access to contraceptive care.
SUMMARY OF DR. KEVORKIAN CASE
Kervorkian was a medical doctor who was educated at the University of Michigan. His specialty was pathology but his passion was enabling a patient’s right to die, not cutting them up after they were already dead.
In 1987, Kevorkian placed ads in Detroit newspapers as a physician consultant for "death counseling". In 1990 he got his first chance at performing a public assisted suicide. The patient was Janet Adkins. She was 54 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1989. Kevorkian was initially charged with murder. Those charges were dropped because Michigan had no law on assisted suicide. One disturbing aspect of this case was that Kervorkian spoke to her husband on the intake interview, not her.
Kevorkian allegedly assisted only by attaching the individual to his euthanasia device. The individual then supposedly took over the suicide by pushing a button on the machine which delivered the drugs. No one actually knew for sure that Kevorkian did not do more though as the only other witness was now dead.
Geoffrey Fieger, Kevorkian’s lawyer, said Kevorkian assisted in the deaths of 130 terminally ill people between 1990 and 1998. Fieger reiterated Kevorkian’s alleged set up scheme wherein he let the patient complete the suicide in each case with his machine by pushing the button which let the drug flow into the patient. Fieger represented every case of Kevorkian’s which was an assisted suicide case. He got three acquittals and one mistrial which was never retried.
Kevorkian did not require the patient be suffering from a terminal illness. If the person had decided to commit suicide and was not insane, he was still available for a consultation. He did not go ahead with all cases though. It was on a case by case basis.
EXCERPT FROM JOAN RIVERS MALPRACTICE
Dr. Gwen Korovin and Dr. Lawrence B. Cohen were both attending Joan Rivers. However, only Dr. Cohen was authorized to do so. Korovin was there at Rivers’ request but Yorkville had not authorized her to be there or to do medical procedures. Korovin specialized in Ears, Nose & Throat (ENT) whereas Cohen was a gastrointestinal specialist. He, like all doctors at Yorkville, worked further down in the body while Korovin worked in the head and neck area. Cohen was in charge of Rivers’ endoscopy and was also the medical director of Yorkville Endoscopy. These two doctors failed to identify Rivers’ deteriorating vital signs and provide timely intervention during the procedures. Rivers’ vocal cords seized during the procedures at Yorkville Endoscopy — a condition called laryngospasm — and cut off her air supply. This is a well known danger in this type of procedure and not some rare risk. They did not respond adequately or competently per both subsequent investigations. Allegedly one of them took a selfie with his or her cell phone while Rivers was under the anesthesia but before her acute distress took place.
Intubation or punching a hole in the windpipe may have saved Rivers but evidently neither Cohen or Korovin knew how to do either fast enough any longer. Rivers was cyanotic by the time her tube was inserted. Injecting the drug which reverses this state, succinylcholine, wasn’t possible because Yorkville no longer kept it in stock because it was rarely used. Cohen was a part owner of the Clinic and had entered into Clinic ownership to make a lot of money so this may in part explain some of his decisions: maximizing profit yet increasing patient risk.