Topic:Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions.
7) Medical field is losing its ethics and values nowadays. Elaborate upon the factors that have caused corrupt practices to thrive in this noble field. (250 words)
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Why this question:
The question is based on the corruption marring the medical profession in the country.
Key demand of the question:
One has to discuss the loss of ethics and values that is being witnessed in Medical filed off late and the factors responsible for it.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
In brief suggest the importance and relevance of ethics and values to the field of medical practice.
Explain that Corruption, an undeniable reality in the health sector, is arguably the most serious ethical crisis in medicine today. Then discuss how it is complex because of its deep roots in the social, cultural, economic, political, legal, and ethical value systems of individuals, communities, cultures, and countries.
Discuss what are the forms of corruption in healthcare and medicine? – Bribes and kickbacks, Theft and embezzlement, absenteeism (not attending work but claiming salary), Use of human subjects for financial gain, institutionalized potential corruption, unethical clinical trials etc.
Provide for case studies if possible, to justify better and suggest the need for inculcating ethics and values in the medical industry.
Conclude that it is time to acknowledge that corruption in healthcare entails crimes against humanity. There is no room for complacency- history will not forgive physicians and bioethicists if they fail in their moral duty to safeguard the cause of ethics in medicine when it is necessary.