1. What do you perceive as being the biggest ethical challenges facing health care managers in the future? Why?
The two most significant ethical challenges are the end of life issues and embryonic stem cell research.
End of life issues will present as an even more complicated challenge as we become more and more adept at prolonging life.
This first issue is significant with the aging population, the rising cost in health care, the ideas around ending your life with dignity (e.g., written wills to have life supports removed or feeding tubes, etc.) and euthanasia legislation. The challenge for the manager becomes maintaining the reputation of the healthcare organization, while the family of patients are debating with health professionals the option to cut off life support. Does the cost of caring for the patient impact the decision to approach the facility with these highly sensitive and sensitive issues of ending the life of a loved one through pulling the plug? This is a highly ethical issue.
With the growth of palliative care services, the controversial issue of euthanasia significantly provokes ethical/moral reflection on the care for dying patients and is also a challenge for managers, who need to manage the organization within the confines of law. Controversial issues create extra challenges due to the opposition side of the procedure. For example, in States that allow Euthanasia under certain conditions, and this procedure may turn many people off and they may lose trust in the healthcare facility. It is not the manager who performs the Euthanasia, but he or she needs to maintain the reputation of the organization for the profit ...
Tihis solution discusses ethics committees and government intervention and oversight for the two most significant ethical challenges: the end of life issues and embryonic stem cell research. This solution is 1000 words and includes three online references.