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Week 7 Ethical Dilemma Paper
Jered Gordner
Professor Cuzzone
HUMN-232

Week 7 Ethical Dilemma Paper As with many industries today, the healthcare industry is fraught with ethically dilemmas one can be involved with on an almost ongoing, daily basis. Since there are so many different arms and hands in so many different cookie jars, it’s easy to get lost in all the ethical dilemmas that could amass before your very eyes. On the professional side of the equation you may run into the dilemma of having a child from humble beginnings, without the means to pay, become struck down with a disease undocumented and unlike anything that is currently on the books. Do you treat the child pro-bono or do you let them go untreated and more than likely die? On the insurance side (something I’ve personally run into) one of the men in a gay couple, who has been together for 30 years, is in the hospital and the other man needs to know the medication his partner is on so the pharmacy will release it to him. Since they are not legally married they do not have the same rights and access to information as a straight married couple. Do you go against HIPAA and release the information or do you withhold it because of the law? These two dilemmas are not uncommon in the health industry.
Doctors and nurses come across patients with no insurance on a daily basis and more often than not, they are forced to turn them away untreated. This ethical decision can weigh heavily on their heads. I find this dilemma to be of the deontological sort by which a doctors duties and obligations are on trial. Immanuel Kant describes deontological ethics as “a position that judges the morality of an action based on the action's adherence to a rule or rules.” With that in mind, I think it’s important to note a doctor’s Hippocratic oath which demands certain ethical standards be upheld. Of this oath a…...

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