Online petitions are used more and more by families who want to pressure the government and drug companies to intervene on behalf of loved ones. These social media campaigns raise serious questions. Bioethicists say the “compassionate use” argument could have damaging effects to the way healthcare is provided. We will ask is it right and just for social media to play a role in medicine? 

In this episode, The Stream speaks with:

Arthur Caplan @ArthurCaplan
Director of Medical Ethics, NYU Medical Center

Keith Knapp @keithknappjr
Husband of cancer patient

Liz Scarff @LizScarff
Social Media Director, Saatchi Bill

Suzanne White @White_Suz
Criminal negligence lawyer

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