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The American Health Care Delivery System Costs

Consider the costs associated with the American healthcare system, the contentions associated with managed care implementation, and the continued problems associated with macro and micro-allocation within this system.

1. What ethics do you believe should guide continuing change in the American health care delivery system?
2. Why?

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1. What ethics do you believe should guide continuing change in the American health care delivery system? (1 to 2 Paragraphs)

The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient, and this must continue to guide continuing change in the American health care delivery system. Each group of the health care professionals (Nursing, Counselling, Physicians, etc.) has his or her own Code of Ethics, but the common theme is that it is for the benefit of the patient (see a number of Codes of medical Ethics at http://ethics.iit.edu/codes/health.html).

For example, as a member of the medical profession, a physician must recognize responsibility to patients first and foremost, as well as to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct, which define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.

I. A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights.
II. A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to ...

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In consideration of the costs associated with the American healthcare system, the contentions associated with managed care implementation, and the continued problems associated with macro and micro-allocation within this system, this solution discusses the ethics that should guide continuing change in the American health care delivery system, and why. This solution is 864 words.

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