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"Address Presented to the McKinney Foundation AIDS Forum, Stamford, Connecticut" [Reminiscence] pdf (85,058 Bytes) transcript of pdf
"Address Presented to the McKinney Foundation AIDS Forum, Stamford, Connecticut" [Reminiscence]
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Koop, C. Everett
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Exhibit Category:
AIDS, the Surgeon General, and the Politics of Public Health
Metadata Record Address Presented to the McKinney Foundation AIDS Forum, Stamford, Connecticut (November 23, 1987) pdf (260,951 Bytes) transcript of pdf
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Folder: Address- McKinney Foundation AIDS Forum, Stamford, CT, 1987 Nov 23
AIDS lecture November 23, 1987
Address by C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Presented to the McKinney Foundation AIDS Forum
Stamford, CT
November 23, 1987
It was three days since I had previously spoken to an audience in public on the subject of AIDS.
The epidemic of AIDS brought responses from the public in many ways; this was one of them. Congressman Stewart B. McKinney had died in the early years of the AIDS epidemic and his family friends and associates choose to honor him with the establishment of the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation whose goal was to provide encouragement that ways would be found to meet the needs -- not strictly medical -- of those who carry the virus or have AIDS. They established the first Stewart McKinney AIDS residence in Stanford and their goal was to fund others as time went on.
I began my remarks by acknowledging all of the above and confined my talk to brief observations on the highly sensitive issues of law, ethics, economics, morality, and social cohesion beginning to surface over and above the medical challenges of AIDS. I spent some time in discussing healthcare personnel who refuse to treat persons with AIDS, medical and surgical residents who did not want to work in hospitals where there were many AIDS patients, and patients with elective admissions to hospitals who did not want to go to an institution where there were many AIDS patients. All of these ideas I rejected and made a plea for passionate care to persons with any illness, including AIDS, and stated that that was the feeling of the overwhelming majority of Americans.
Of course all of this could lead to separate, unequal treatment for AIDS patients and could magnify the impact of the epidemic on the American healthcare system, which was something we wished to avoid. A related issue was the rising cost of AIDS patients -- as of this lecture -- running about 2 billion dollars annually with $20,320 per patient. This is the first time that I talked about the upcoming bill to care for AIDS patients with a cost of 8 billion to a high estimate of 16 billion. This will be taxpayer money and the question asked is: As AIDS cases rise, will the resources be available to meet the needs? This was an opportunity to congratulate those who founded the McKinney Foundation on their compassionate outlook on these problems.
Because of the nature of these remarks and their brevity there is no index.
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