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Defining an Ethical Framework: The Law vs. Ethics

1. Does the relationship between law and ethics dictate that anything lawful is ethical and anything ethical is lawful? Thinking about your work environment please state your position and provide and example to help make your point.

2. Discuss how moral philosophies and principles provide an ethical framework for the delivery of health services by individuals and organizations? Select a particular philosphy or perspective and apply to either your work place or to a health care organization. How would you define the "ethical framework" where you work?

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1) Laws are the rules that individuals must abide by in order to promote order and safety in society. Ethics focus on the duties individuals have towards one another in society.

While ethical values and legal obligations are usually closely related, I would have to say that ethical values supersede legal obligations and this is what drives individuals to go to court and demand that laws be changed. Also, from my observation, laws that involve human being (or animal) relationships tend to also be ethical based (e.g. animal cruelty). Animal cruelty began as an ethical concern by the Humane Society for the well ...

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Below you will learn about the fine line between law and ethics, as well as how moral philosophies and principles provide an ethical framework for the delivery of health services by individuals and organizations.

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