This issue of the Journal of Health Care Law & Policy will feature articles from participants of the University of Maryland's Law & Health Care Program's "Roundtable on Adolescent Decision-Making" Symposium. Conference attendees included health care professionals and legal and health policy scholars interested in discussing adolescent decision-making in the context of addiction treatment, chronic and terminal disease treatment, and body modification surgery. Similar to the symposium, this issue focuses on these three areas of serious medical decisions to determine whether the current law reflects clinicians' understanding of the adolescent decision-making process.
This issue of the Journal also includes an article which discusses medical liability reform and argues that federal medical liability reform legislation modeled after state reform would pass Constitutional muster. This issue's student notes and comments discuss the impact that American Health Benefit Exchanges will have on the private insurer business model as well as how incomplete scientific knowledge about the environmental interactions of chemical mixtures prevents the EPA from fulfilling its statutory responsibilities for ensuring health and human safety.
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