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By Weber Leonard J.

Company Ethics in Healthcare is an exam of quite a lot of useful moral concerns dealing with conscientious healthcare managers. The dialogue explores the consequences of app;ying moral stndards and reasoning to the organization's tasks as care supplier, as supplier, as as citizen of the neighborhood.

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On the other hand, one cannot say that these two never con®ict. If they do, it is not immediately evident how that con®ict should be resolved. Careful deliberation on the circumstances and likely consequences is required. The priority principles identi¤ed here can offer guidance when values con®ict. They provide both a rationale and a framework for deciding in one direction rather than another. Resolving Ethical Dilemmas The goal of education on practical ethics is to assist individuals and groups to make the right decisions, the best decisions when all things are considered.

The right of informed competent individuals to refuse unwanted treatment is one of the most basic rights of patients in healthcare. Even when a patient consents to other medical treatment as recommended by the physician, his or her refusal of a particular intervention should be honored. Respect for individuals means that they will not be treated, something will not be done to or for them, without their permission. As a basic protection of human dignity, the right to refuse treatment continues to merit the emphasis that it has received in the last three decades in American medical ethics.

Avoiding unnecessary harm is of higher ethical priority than honoring requests for culturally sensitive special treatment. A clinic that, for example, refuses to refer a patient for “female circumcision” is not violating patient rights even when the request is made on the basis of deeply held cultural beliefs. ” Patients are individuals with different beliefs and values, and their requests for special treatment should be considered on their own merits, not automatically rejected. It is always appropriate, of course, to consider whether alternative therapies could provide bene¤t without the need to accommodate special values.

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