Healthcare Ethics



1.Discuss questions

i).Whatis moral integrity?

Moralintegrity refers to strict adherence of moral values that is inspiredby one’s consciousness spirit. The philosophy describes a lifestylethat adheres to truthfulness and honesty, even when lying or usingcrooked means would benefit them. For example, a healthcareprofessional who practices moral and integrity cannot assist patientsto abort, despite the service being legal in some states, becausethat would be tantamount to killing a human being (Morrison, 2011).

ii).What temptations will you face in choosing moral integrity as a basisfor your professional actions?

Theprimary temptations individuals face after choosing moral integrityas the foundation for moral integrity include sincerity. Sometimeshealth care professionals are tempted to lie to patients when theyhave bad news, but moral integrity requires individuals to tell thetruth all the times. Second, the virtue demands high courage for oneto maintain his or her moral position even when everybody is againstthe virtuous idea (Morrison, 2011).

iii).Whatis the best way for you to maintain your moral integrity?

Thebest way to maintain the integrity is through addressing issues froma subjective perspective. This implies that an individual solves aproblem as he or she finds fit, as opposed to other people’sopinions (Morrison, 2011).

2.Complete:Learnscapes Simulation &quotStockpiling.&quot

IfI were the procurement officer in charge of the cancer drugs, I woulddecline to give the drugs because cancer has several substitute drugsavailable in the market. Besides, our hospital would have a badreputation for supplying a drug that is out of the market. In manycases, pharmaceutical boards ban or discontinue drugs because theymay cause adverse health effects. Besides, our hospital receivesseveral cancer patients. If we distribute the present drug stock wehave, we will be forced to repurchase the drugs at a higher cost.This implies that we would be obliged to increase cancer treatment inour facility substantially. I agree that sharing the drugs withanother hospital would improve the reputation of our institutionpositively, but we will soon run out of stock, as we are located in aregion with high prevalence of cancer patients (Morrison, 2011). Thebest humanitarian assistance, that I would recommend to our rivalhospital, would be transferring the patient to our hospital sincethey do not have appropriate drugs for taking care of the patient.Probably, the drugs have substitute drugs might be available, butthey might lack the desired efficiency level.

b.The&quotBig 8&quot influence on y decision

Accordingthe &quotBig 8&quot problems with American health care system, wepay extremely high cost for medical services. If I our facility giveout cancer drugs to our rival, we will soon run out stock and begincharging poor patients high treatment costs that they might notafford. The cost will increase since the drug’s price will increasedue to increased demand and limited supply of the drug after themanufacturer halts manufacturing it (Morrison, 2011).

Second,statistics indicates that 50% of health care cost in the USA goes to5% of the population. This implies that hospitals mainly serve therich while the poor suffer from illnesses because they cannot affordthe prohibitive costs. This makes it essential for us to hoard thecheaper drugs so that we can continue providing health care servicesto the financially poor individuals (Morrison, 2011).


Morrison,E. E. (2011). Ethicsin health administration: A practical approach for decision makers.Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

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