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Ethical decisions in Healthcare

Some believe health care to be a fundamental right while others consider it a privilege. My question is this: If you consider how you and your family utilize health care resources. Is access to health care a fundamental right that you exercise or a privilege earned?

This solution discusses the question: is Healthcare a fundamental right, or a privilege of those who can afford it. The description of chronic illness is considered, as is the ethics of belief that health is a privilege. This solution goes against that, and by using chronic illness as the example, we can see that ethically, healthcare must be considered a right by society, as those with disabilities and chronic illnesses are not less valuable to the community at large.

Ethical Decision Making in Health Care. Is there really a decision when it comes to humans receiving the care they need. If this becomes a privilege and not a right, society will suffer in other areas, as the chronically ill and disabled have a great deal to offer to society and without a diverse society, we could all perish for lack of care by big business and privatized healthcare as the only option available.

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I have been on both sides of this issue, so I think I have a good case study for you.

When I was born, it was rough. I was born at 24 weeks and many back then did not make it, went Blind, developed Cerebral Palsy, or some combination of problems. I was born with mild cerebral palsy. Now, over the years I have developed my share of auto immune diseases, Diabetes insulin dependent. My mother has her auto immune illness, bilirubin cirrhosis. She is also a cancer survivor. My father died when he was 51, roughly my age today, and had insulin dependent diabetes as well as bipolar 1.

For people who are disabled, I believe healthcare is a fundamental right. For those who have illnesses that can kill them, but modern medicine has filled the bed so to speak, I believe it is a fundamental right for that individual to receive care.

IDEA, IDEIA and FAPE are not bad ideas, as the people served by these federal laws could just as well die in the gutter, if it was a privilege earned. No, disabled people and people who must live with chronic illness that can and will kill without treatment that is available is unethical. The privilege earned by surviving a traumatic ...

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This solution discusses the question: is Healthcare a fundamental right, or a privilege of those who can afford it. The description of chronic illness is considered, as is the ethics of belief that health is a privilege. This solution goes against that, and by using chronic illness as the example, we can see that ethically, healthcare must be considered a right by society, as those with disabilities and chronic illnesses are not less valuable to the community at large

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