The Case of Charlie Gard

The United Kingdom Sets Limits on Experimental Treatments
Ethical issues in Charlie Gard case.
This case hightlights issues that are at the core of many of the worldwide debates regarding health care delivery: the best interest of the patient, financial considerations, and scientific validity.

Center for Bioethics Director Robert Truog authored this Viewpoint article in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The case of Charlie Gard in London, England, has been the focus of international attention, generating polarized views about the use of experimental treatments. On one side are those who hold that patients should be able to purchase whatever treatments they desire and can afford; on the other are those who maintain that governments must play a regulatory role in protecting patients from harm and that unproven therapies must meet a threshold of scientific validity before they are offered, regardless of the ability of the patient to pay.

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