May 1, 2020

Last in Line: Chronic Illness

Last in Line: Chronic Illness

Many patients with chronic illnesses have had their treatments delayed or postponed as healthcare shifts its focus to COVID-19. Lifesaving procedures for the chronically ill have been put on the back burner. 

How does the healthcare system prioritize who is worth immediate care, and what does that mean for the patients put at the end of the line?

On this episode, we explore these moral dilemmas in healthcare with the help of Dr. Camosy, a professor of bioethics. And Kate speaks with Jennifer McNary, a mother fighting against ICER’s pricing roadblocks in order to get her sons’ access to treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 


Charles C. Camosy, Ph. D. Author and associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University 

Dr. Charles C. Camosy is an award-winning author and avid researcher on issues related to bioethics, healthcare, moral anthropology, and more. Through his work on “intellectual solidarity,” he aims to unpack the often complex and highly emotional issues that are prevalent in societal discourse. 

Dr. Camosy has authored four books that analyze the polarization of topics including abortion, binaries in public discourse, treatment of animals, and healthcare. He has written numerous academic articles on issues of morality and bioethics. 

Currently, Dr. Camosy is an associate professor at Fordham University’s theology department. He serves on both the board of the College Theology Society and the advisory board of the New England Partnership for the Common Good. 

Dr. Camosy earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. 


Terry Wilcox, Executive Director, Patients Rising

Dr. Robert Goldberg, “Dr. Bob”, Co-Founder and Vice President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest.

Kate Pecora, Field Correspondent 


Dr. Charles C. Camosy 

The drugs and treatments that could stop COVID-19

Patients Rights Advocate

Patients Rising Concierge 

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Charles C. Camosy, Ph. D.

Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics, Fordham University

An author and professor, Dr. Charles C. Camosy researches issues related to bioethics, healthcare, and moral anthropology. Through his work, he aims to tackle issues in societal discourse, and has written four books that analyze the polarization of topics including abortion, binaries in public discourse, treatment of animals, and healthcare.

Jenn McNary

Caregiver to sons Austin and Max, who live with Deutschen Muscular Dystrophy


Patient Correspondent, VA-07

Catherine Powell, DPT

Patient Correspondent, NY-01