1. Explain the health care crisis and social injustice.
2. Explain the role of public health including health promotion and disease prevention in the health care crisis and social injustice.
3. What is the role of the administrator in institutional ethics?
4. What is the role of the public health community program leader in ethics?
5. How do you think ethics committees can contribute to the public organization's commitment to ethics-based practice?
The health care crisis circles around health, wealth and illness, whereas injustice comes into play with regard to the potentially evolving 'haves and have nots.' Clinton tried to stage some sort of equitable system, where all would be serviced but it was eventually terribly shot down. Some argue that care should be available to all, the same way that education is and similar to that which is provided by other countries such as Canada and England. Then there will be the arguments that the Canadian system is a substandard quality for Americans.
Pundits beg the question, 'who pays?! The seriously poor simply cannot afford health care bills and yet in a democratic culture the issue of letting ill people suffer is challenged as being a wrong way to go. Contrarily, wealthy people don't want to be burdened with the need to pay for the health care costs, through tax dollars, and the issue is compounded by the fact that more people are unemployed now and on the present track, fewer will be paying taxes that would reimburse the programs.
Another issue that requires serious focus in the discussion is prevention and self-care. Those who have no regard for taking care of their body find ...
Leadership in the future of health care and prevention is discussed.
Ethical Issues: Individual Right, Expenditures, Privilege vc. Right
What tensions exist between protection of the public's health and protection of individual rights?
How should scarce health resources be allocated and used?
What should the balance be between expenditures and quality of life in the case of chronic and terminal illness?
What are appropriate limits on using expensive medical technology?
What obligations do health care insurers and health care providers have in meeting the right-to-know of patients as consumers?
What responsibility exists for the young to finance health care for older persons?
What obligation exists for government to protect the most vulnerable sectors of society?
Is health care a right or privilege in the United States?
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