Ethical dilemmas in the global healthcare
Ethics presents one with a difficult choice of choosing one option over the other where both choices presents potential risks and one is often caught at the middle wondering what to do. Both choices are often desirable but it requires one to critically examine each carefully before making a choice. Medical practitioners are often found in difficult ethical medical dilemmas in their everyday activities. Such dilemmas include:
Clinical limits- this is where medical students fresh from school are deployed to busy health centres where they are forced to care for patients despite their limited exposure to real care of patients. This often occurs when there is short staffing and the hospital is forced to make the students care for their patients despite their limited capabilities and beyond their level of training. Their desire to help despite their inexperience can cause an ethical conflict which may expose both students and patients vulnerable to negative outcomes especially to students early in their training with limited exposure
This usually occurs when the doctor is planning to conduct a complicate procedure on a patient in a bid to help save their life. The procedures are usually bound to be accompanied by complications and the doctor in this case is forced to inform the patient of these complications before proceeding.
This can be tough because some cultures belief that when you say that a certain complication will occur during the procedure, it is bound to happen and it therefore becomes a challenge to the practitioner whether to inform the patient and the family or not. Obtaining an informed consent from the patient will therefore be complex because people from different cultures have different beliefs despite the positive impact the procedure will have on their health. One should therefore learn from people from the people from the various communities they are working with before making decision during patient care.
Distributive justice occurs when both the harms and benefits of a medical research are equally distributed to the affected vulnerable group and ease the burden on the target group. This can occur during a disease outbreak and doctors are forced to properly cover and protect themselves from acquiring this time of the outbreak.
In this case therefore there should be equitable access to protective gear and post-exposure for all medical practitioners to avoid the spread of the disease. Medical practitioners are therefore at crossroads as to whether they should share the limited protective gears with their colleagues or only keep themselves safe.