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Marchant quoted in ASU Magazine
ASU Regents’ Professor
addressed some of the legal issues concerning a change in health care in an article by Christopher Vaughan in September’s issue of ASU Magazine.
The article, “Ounces of Prevention,” explores efforts made at ASU to change health care’s focus of treating people primarily at the point when they get sick, to a system that concentrates on how to support healthy behavior and how to most effectively treat the chronically ill.
According to Marchant, a shift in health care toward a greater focus on prevention would be good for society, but there would also be important legal implications.
“The trouble with the legal system is that it has a hindsight bias,” Marchant said. “There is increased legal liability for doctors because someone can go back after they get a disease and say ‘You should have seen this sign. You should have prevented it.’”
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Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He frequently lectures about the intersection of law and science at national and international conferences.