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Medical Ethics

Postby Abiah » Fri Feb 05, 2016 2:45 pm

I am a student and studying Ethical Theory. In the HealthCare Industry when there are so many cases of Malpractice, while there are laws, but what are the real ethics surrounding medical mistakes? Who is really accountable? And what are the ethics?
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Medical Ethics

Postby Denholm » Sat Feb 06, 2016 1:38 am

I am a student and studying Ethical Theory. In the HealthCare Industry when there are so many cases of Malpractice, while there are laws, but what are the real ethics surrounding medical mistakes? Who is really accountable? And what are the ethics?
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Medical Ethics

Postby Clifton » Tue Feb 09, 2016 6:54 am

Renee,

Thank you for submitting such an interesting question.  You are really asking two completely different questions because malpractice is not necessarily a breach of ethics.

There are so many legitimate malpractice cases for a few different reasons.  The first is that healthcare providers are people and people make mistakes.  The second is that systems may not be properly devised or implemented to catch those mistakes.  The third, and far less common, is that some providers should not be practicing medicine.

As far as ethics, the providers who make mistakes should be accountable.  Accountability is a big problem with our society and nobody wants to accept responsibility.  Instead of a code of silence, the patient has a right to know what mistakes were made.

90% of the patients who see me as an attorney do so because they feel disrespected or that they have been told lies.  They really want to know the truth.  As an ethicist, I teach providers that honesty is the best policy because the relationship with the patient is built on trust.

This is a micro answer to a much larger problem and I appreciate your asking this very interesting question.

Very truly yours,

Paul D. Friedman, M.A., Ph.D., J.D.
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