As courts and legislatures decide questions of health care law, they often can learn from approaches taken in other countries. For example, when states considered the adoption of needle exchange programs to stem the spread of HIV and other infectious diseases among users of heroin and other drugs, lawmakers could draw on the successful implementation of such programs in Europe. Similarly, European countries look to the United States for guidance on issues in health law.
To facilitate this process of cross-fertilization, Dr. David Orentlicher is working with Tamara Hervey, a health law scholar at England’s University of Sheffield, to edit a comparison of health law in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere. Their ”Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law” will provide a one-of-a-kind overview of health law across different jurisdictions and discuss how health law can best evolve to promote patient welfare.