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Comparing Health Care Systems in the U.S. and Canada
Author: Angela D. Abel, Office of University Communications, 503-725-8794
Posted: October 11, 2006

What: Visiting scholar and author Nuala Kenny, O.C., M.D., will present “Health Care in the U.S. and Canada: Divergent Values and Common Challenges.” Dr. Kenny’s lecture will address the differences in Canadian and U.S. health care, which is better, and whether there are lessons to be learned from one another.

Dr. Kenny will also discuss the historical forces that have shaped the U.S. and Canadian health care systems and conclude by identifying the common challenges to just and sustainable health care. The lecture is presented by Providence Center for Health Care Ethics and the Portland State University Department of Philosophy.

When: Tuesday, October 24, 2006, from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Portland State University, Lincoln Hall, rm. 75 (1620 SW Park Ave.).

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Background: Dr. Kenny is the 2006 Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., visiting scholar and founder of the Department of Bioethics at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is internationally recognized as a medical educator and lecturer on important ethical issues in health care and public policy. Her writings include “What Good is Health Care? Reflections on the Canadian Experience” and “Lost Virtue: Professional Character Development in Medical Education,” to be published later this year.

Co-sponsored by Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Curtis R. Holzgang, M.D., Visiting Scholar Series was launched in 2001 and is named for Dr. Curtis R. Holzgang, director of Critical Care Medicine, Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. For more information, please visit

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