March 05, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Arthur Caplan will give the talk, "The Ethics of Healthcare Reform," on Wednesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is the inaugural Charles P. Fasano, DO Memorial Lecture. It is co-sponsored by Evangelical Community Hospital, Sara Lee ButterKrust and Wood-Mode Inc. as well as the Fasano family, friends and colleagues.

Caplan will address several questions, including what is going to be covered in a basic plan, what do patients need to know to manage prevention and their own health, and if the nation's healthcare system can handle increased demand for services. He also will compare healthcare systems in the U.K., Canada and other nations with the emerging system of coverage in the U.S.

Caplan is the Emmanuel and Robert Hart Director of the Center for Bioethics and the Sydney D. Caplan Professor of Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of 29 books and more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals. His most recent books are Smart Mice Not So Smart People (Rowman Littlefield, 2006) and the Penn Guide to Bioethics (Springer, 2009). He writes a regular column on bioethics for and is a frequent guest and commentator for various media outlets.

Dr. Fasano practiced medicine in the Central Susquehanna Valley from 1973 until his death in March 2009. He was a solo family practitioner until 1980, when he partnered with Domenick Ronco, DO. Their practice grew into the Family Practice Center, which has 21 family practice sites throughout Central Pennsylvania.

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