Use of Force
The medical field is never a place of stasis. There are always new procedures, techniques and technological advances in the field of medicine in which people are researching to try and make better every single day. In the short story “The Use of Force” we see an example of a terrible doctor who would never have a license to practice medicine in this time for all of the laws and professional groups in place to prevent against bad practice of medicine.
The first organization what has come into play after this story was made is JCAHO. This stands for Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The key to this organization is to have standards, not any kind of standards but superior standards when it comes to healthcare. “JACHO works by having a team of healthcare professionals consisting of doctors and nurses alike who are trained in assessing hospitals and private practices for their level of healthcare”(Becker). Every facility wants to strive to become JACHO accredited because that is the highest standard in healthcare today. The experience this child had in the story would never happen in a JCAHO associated facility in today’s age. If on the off chance it did that doctor would immediately lose their license the facility would lose their accreditation and the child and their family could sue the practice as well as the doctor.
The second form of protection that comes to mind after reading this story has to be the HIPPA law. “HIPPA stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act”(Smith). This act was passed by congress in 1996 and changed the face of healthcare forever. Under this act all patients have a certain right to privacy which consists of things like the healthcare provider not discussing any party of a patient’s sick visit. But a big part of the HIPPA law which is why I chose to bring it up when relating it to this short story is the fact that any patient has the right to deny treatment of any kind...
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