Ethical management issues in Healthcare
More than any other industry, issues that deal with patients and their welfare are of utmost importance in the healthcare industry. This is because, people in this industry deal with such situations and circumstances, every day, which have a direct bearing on another person's life. That is why, it is mandatory for all healthcare organizations to have an ethics committee, a written code of ethics, policies or procedures that govern right conduct, so that the interests of all the parties, whether the patient, his family members, the organization itself, caregivers and the community itself, are properly looked into and balanced out.
This was a bit about ethical issues in the health sector pertaining to individual organizations. But what are the ethical issues that are faced by the healthcare industry as a whole? Here is a list of ethical issues facing healthcare, pertaining to both management and medical research, which the industry is currently contemplating.
Healthcare Management Ethics
Exercise confidentiality: One of the most important ethical issues in the medical field is confidentiality - the protection of patient information, which is both private and personal and the conversations between a doctor and a patient. Earlier, patient medical records were accessible to anybody and everybody, this however is no longer the situation. Majority of hospitals these days safeguard the confidentiality of patient information. Also, physicians should be sensitive enough not to reveal their discussions with patients.
Prevent the transmission of diseases: An ethical concern of many healthcare executives, doctors and nurses is to protect themselves from the dangers of acquiring communicable diseases from the patients, especially if the patient history is unavailable for some reason. Although, healthcare professionals do have a right to protect themselves from the various pathogens that might be transmitted by the patients to them,...