Healthcare Ethical Issues

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Human lifespan has increased due to the latest advancements in technology over the past few decades. Health care has become very important in today’s world and involve activities like prevention, diagnosis and treatment for illnesses. A health care system mainly includes three critical components that work in tandem to deliver health services. (a) Healthcare consumers are the ones in need of healthcare services. (b) Health care providers are those who provide services like physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians among other staff. (c) We also have health care delivery systems – the public and private agencies or organizations that plan, finance, co-ordinate delivery of healthcare services like infrastructure, medicines and insurance agencies.…show more content…
Healthcare laws in the European Union In the European Union, healthcare is provided through a wide range of different laws based on each individual country in the European Union. Whilst health policy and the organization, financing and management of healthcare is a national responsibility of member countries, the EU also undertakes health-related activities, in particular, by supporting co-operation between member states in order to protect and promote public health and to enable the free movement of people around the EU. (The EU and health policy) Healthcare professionals and Legal/Ethical issues Healthcare professionals are today operating in a sensitive environment where their actions can have effects involving lawsuits and disciplinary action for breach of laws or negligence. There are many ethical and legal issues also involved in different scenarios. For example, abortion may be considered legal, but a large part of the population including some health care professionals may not consider it as ethical. Other complicated scenarios include medical staff deciding on decisions taken on allowing death to people on life support systems who have very low chances of survival or recovery. There are some other areas which are can cross the ethical lines like confidentiality of patient information, medical staff engaging…show more content…
Relations ships include romantic and more especially sexual relationships. Patients are dependable and vulnerable when they are in treatment and sexual relationships are considered as abusing the powers by physicians or nursing staff. • Malpractice risks: Healthcare practitioners are always at risk for cases of negligence in treatment or being sued for malpractices. Possible cases are that of the surgery causing damage or injury, defective medication or medical products. There may be omissions due to negligence by the medical staff. All these leave room for legal action. ICD Codes and quality issues The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is a set of clinical codes designed to promote international comparability in the collection, processing, classification, and presentation of mortality statistics. ICD codes includes health care personnel, such as physicians and nurses, as well as medical coders, who assign ICD-9-CM codes to verbatim or abstracted diagnosis or procedure information, and thus are originators of the ICD codes. ICD-9-CM codes are used for a variety of purposes, including statistics and for billing and claims reimbursement (International Classification of
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