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Health Care Ethics: Religious Beliefs

I chose to write about the following ethical issues in healthcare:

-Foregoing curative medical treatment due to religious beliefs

I have to provide the history of the issue from a legal, ethical, and moral perspective. I also have to address the following questions:

-Do the consequences of actions always direct what is morally required?
-What should happen when two principles come into conflict? For example, should patient autonomy be considered more important than beneficence? Defend your position.
-Are moral and ethically rules always binding, or are they only guidelines to be assessed in each case? Defend your position.

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Starting by defining 'religion,' is helpful. In some circles alternative medicine is well-established, powerful and common. Intertwined in this mindset are meditation and a type of spirituality, healing with energy forces and related content. Additionally, Indian culture has a very grounded spirituality and healing mindset. Native American, peoples of India and indigenous people of Australia utilize centuries-old healing, herbs, spiritual philosophies and natural remedies that other societies follow, ...

Solution Summary

The topic of bypassing medical treatment due to religion is discussed. Approximately 300 word response.