Medicine and Morality
It's been a long week and angry doc lacks the energy to write separate entries for two very interesting articles in the newspaper today, so he decided to lump them together.
The first article is a news article on illegal organ trade in Singapore.
Despite the known benefits of transplant to recipients and the very low risk to donors, the ministry's position on organ donation between unrelated persons is that "organ trading often involves the exploitation of the poor and socially disadvantaged donors who are unable to make an informed choice and suffer potential medical risks".
The second article is an interview with Professor Roy Chan, president of Action for Aids, who had this to say about the fight against HIV/AIDS in Singapore:
"We have to see Aids as a disease. Clouding the issue with the morality aspects only impedes the treatment and prevention of the disease."
Together, these two articles show how much morality affects the ministry's health policies. Whether that is a good thing or not will probably depend on whether you share the same morality.