Health Care Ethics
Quality improvement is a moral requirement or imperative for health care organizations because when implemented, will lead to better patient outcomes in terms of health. It is also very important to the health care organizing as it leads to better system performance when giving care to the patients, while at the same time leads to better professional development since it will have embraced professionalism and technological utilization. Quality improvement leads to an increased level efficiency and effectiveness in the organization, thus leading to increased productivity, improved communication, and patient satisfaction.
There are many ethical values/ideals and principle that should guide the medical profession. Some of the guiding principles that should be employed by all participants in the health care profession include trustworthiness, quality service, privacy and confidentiality, best commercial practices among others. Of all these, I believe that quality and best commercial practices are the two principles that a health professional should display.
Quality provision is one of the ethical attribute that a health professional have. Quality entails providing the right care, information and informed decision to the various parties that are involved within the practice. Having a quality professional entails one who is always trustworthy, respectful, and on who has the patient autonomy. Quality in a workplace is advantageous as it helps in minimizing the possibility of error occurrence thereby working towards achieving effective performance towards achieving success. A quality professional is one who has a professional judgement in all that they do thereby providing an evidence based practice. A health professional practicing quality healthcare gives accurate, unbiased high quality services and is consistent with the changing needs of the profession. Another virtue of the ethical element that universal health professional should adhere to is that of ensuring that they perform in the best commercial practices. This principle carries an ethical as well as a moral perspective. By practicing the best commercial practices will ensure that the health professional does not disclose any information to any other person unless those entitled to it at the same time, it ensures that the professional functions in a truthful and concise manner, by engaging in a responsible business relationship with the parties involved.
Sometimes ethical challenges could emanate from the performance of the health care personnel. Healthcare is all about promoting quality care as well as saving lives. But suppose a woman who reports to the health facility with a patient who is terminally ill for assisted suicide. The patient is competent and medically aware of his condition which is becoming worse. To the patient, the suffering requires immediate remedy which is termination. As a medical professional, I should not terminate life as it is against the medical ethics. At the same time, I am aware that the patient will not survive and therefore would reduce pain and suffering should I perform the killing. I am aware that under certain conditions, I can perform the assisted suicide, but my morals prevent me. The organization would have bad publicity and legal battles should they allow the operation. The procedure is costly and therefore would have earned the organization extra cash. The patient argues that if we don’t perform the assisted suicide, he will go to another facility where the operation will be done. He even contemplates committing suicide. Faced with such a scenario, what should the patient’s family be told? What should I do? And the organization?