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This paper discusses how while 21st century technological advances in medicine offer promises of disease eradication, they bring with them a cost and how this cost may take many forms: A loss of privacy, a loss of ownership and a loss of control. It looks at how we must be careful to determine how such technological advances are utilized, be alert to their misuse and set up effective review boards and regulations to insure access, permit scientific progress yet forego misuse and manipulation by elements of greed and even experimentation for experimentation?s sake. It also discusses in turn, the four major interest topics in the field of medical information ethics, privacy, accuracy, property and accessibility.
From the Paper:"Ultimately, the questions that arise will be those that determine the who, when and why of treatment. Although we have many medical technology breakthroughs at our disposal today, there are many factors that contribute to their lack of use on today's medical front. One big factor is the insurance mediary who determines the necessity of such treatments, often denying life-saving procedures based on insurance coverage measures. In some cases, HMO groups pay physicians for their lack of specialist referrals. Equipment for procedures is expensive and may not be acquired by hospitals that feature care for high demographics of low-income patients. Therefore, a determination of patient privilege based on race, income or other increment may be purported. Is it ethical to withhold life-saving treatment from a patient based on their race?"
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Medical Ethics (2003, June 15) Retrieved January 20, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/essay/medical-ethics-27655/
"Medical Ethics" 15 June 2003. Web. 20 January. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/essay/medical-ethics-27655/>