Ethical Issues

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Ethics in Healthcare
Jessica Christian
Medicolegal and Ethical Issues
2/3/13

According to our book, Health Care Ethics, ethics is the branch of philosophy that seeks to determine how human actions may be judged right or wrong (p.1). Also the study of ethics is a branch of philosophy that implies that the human mind is the fundamental means by which actions may be judged. According to Google the definition of ethics is the moral principles that govern a person’s or group’s behavior or the moral correctness of specified conduct. If I were to define ethics according to what I believe, I would have to say that ethics are honesty, respect, fairness and consideration. To be ethical means to take every single aspect into consideration and to be fair in making decisions, especially when you are involving another human being. Another way of being ethical is respecting someone’s rights and doing what is right for them based on their situation. Ethics are different in every society, for example, “Whistle blowing”, pointing out peer who are doing wrong is normal in America and there are even hotlines set up in the workplace to call. Although in France it is considered to be a bad thing to single your peers and it is frowned upon by many. According to the website www.ucl.ac.uk, Ethics in healthcare deals with the choices we make and our actions in relation to those choices. It deals with the choices made by both clinicians and patients and the duties and obligations of clinicians to their patients. Medical ethics also deals with the choices made by society, the distribution of resources and access to healthcare and the dilemmas arising from them. Ethics is not a set of rules, nor is it a formula: following rules blindly or rigidly is likely to lead to unethical practice because it fails to take account of circumstances or specific exceptions and fails to recognize new dimensions. According to our book , Health Care Ethics, it states that a “ An...
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