POPE FRANCIS: TO PONT. ACAD. FOR LIFE, THE STATE "CANNOT PROFIT FROM MEDICINE"

"A State cannot expect to profit from medicine". "There is no greater duty for a society than the protection of the human person". This is one of the strongest points made by Pope Francis in his speech to the members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, whom he received in audience today on the occasion of their Plenary Assembly. "Medicine has a special role within society as testimony to the honour due to an elderly person and to every human being", Pope Francis recalled. "Evidence and efficiency cannot be the only criteria governing the work of doctors, and nor can the rules of healthcare systems and economic profit". "Your work these day has considered new sectors for the application of palliative care", Pope Francis continued, referring to the theme of the Plenary. Until now, palliative care has been "of valuable assistance to cancer patients", but it may now be applied to a wide range of illnesses, often linked to old age and characterised by chronic and progressive degeneration". ” “

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