Health Law and Ethics Term Paper by Nicky

Health Law and Ethics
A look at ethical dilemmas and health law.
# 148644 | 1,540 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 28, 2011 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines and discusses some ethical dilemmas which occur in the realm of health law. In particular, the paper considers when personal values and/or religious beliefs conflict with the law of the land. Several cases are noted in which the patient's wishes were overridden in favor of responsible health care delivery. The four principles of ethics, which are often applied to health care, are presented in a list format. The paper concludes by noting that the health care practitioner is not alone in making tough decisions, and should consult with colleagues.

From the Paper:

"Although solutions are given above, there is another collateral dilemma to be faced by the healthcare practitioner. What if the event happened in a place where the practice of not giving any blood transfusion to Jehovah's Witnesses is allowed but the healthcare practitioner has a personal belief that lives must be saved at all cost? The healthcare person's conviction is that life is precious and since his personal belief is such, he will defy whatever laws there is to do what he deem is the right thing to do. This brings indeed the dimension of conflict between personal values and professional ethics."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lopper, J. (2007, October 23). Development of personal values. [Online] Retrieved May 10, 2009 from the Suite101 on the Website:
  • Rainbow, C. (2002). Descriptions of ethical theories and principles. [Online] Retrieved May 10, 2009 from the Suite101 on the Website:
  • Slowther, A., Johnston, C., Goodall, J., & Hope, T. (2004). A practical guide for clinical ethics support. The Ethox Centre. Section C: Ethical Frameworks.

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