BUSINESSETHICS IN HEALTHCARE
BusinessEthics in Healthcare
Healthcareethics is the moral code, principles, and beliefs that regulate thedecision-making in the medical care and the field of medicine. Thestandards are associated with right or wrong actions and upholding ofethical codes, for example, autonomy, beneficence, veracity amongothers. Previous studies have shown that behaviors of colleaguesinfluenced the decisions made by healthcare personnel. It alsoindicates that spiritual beliefs, education, and both internal andexternal control affected the ethics of medical practitioners.However, the journal, Factors affecting ethical behavior inpediatric occupational therapy: A qualitative study conducted astudy in Iran on the topic with the objective of pointing out thefactors that impact ethical behavior in pediatric occupationaltherapy. The study categorized the fundamental features intoorganizational factors, therapist related factors, client’s familyissues, and social elements. This is an analysis of the findings ofthe journal and insights about the contemporary world and myworkplace.
Theprimary component affecting ethics in occupational therapists isorganizational factors. The culture and prevailing conditions in aninstitution consciously and subconsciously guide a practitioner’sdecision-making (Kalantari, 2015). When acceptable and non-acceptablebehavior is clearly stated, healthcare personnel will make betterprofessional and ethical judgment (Ferrell, 2012). Although theoccupational therapists are more likely to make wrong choices withthe increasing demand for productivity by the medical facilities, onthe other hand, they have a duty to the best, efficient, andappropriate services to the patients.
Apersonal trait is another fundamental factor in decision-making.Individual capabilities and concerns also affect their ethicalbehavior (Kalantari, 2015). The therapist’s values and beliefs area necessary foundation for the choices they make in the case of amoral dilemma. Moreover, some therapists lack the self-confidence totake a stand against their choices when faced with a moral dilemma.Proficiency in skills also helps medical facilities avoid ethicalmistakes. Lastly, lack of emotional intelligence causes therapists tomake bad decisions.
Client’slack of knowledge incapacitates them and their families from knowingwhat is right and wrong for them (Kalantari, 2015). Some therapistsmay take advantage of this and abuse their rights. Additionally,poverty and inability to afford certain services limit thepractitioner’s power to apply the code of ethics. Spiritual beliefsalso affected the choices made by the clients and their familymembers.
Thisarticle contributes to the contemporary thinking about businessethics in several ways. Medical facilities demanding that thehealthcare providers ensure maximum productivity is unethical. Codeof ethics stipulates that patients be assisted withoutdiscrimination. If a doctor decides to attend to a richer patientbecause it is better for business instead of attending to a muchdeserving financially challenged patient, they breach the code ofethics. However, that decision will auger well with the hospitalmanagement as it brings in money. In business, knowing what you whatand using the right method to attain it is important (Ferrell, 2012).When business ethics are breached, confusion and chaos emerge sooneror later.
In myfield, observing ethical behavior is important. The staff at allorganizational levels have to uphold behavioral ethics to avoidillegal transaction (Eileen, 2013). It is important that the code ofethics is followed religiously to maintain a steady workingrelationship among all workers because it builds trust and a sense ofbelonging. Eventually, employee turnover is reduced and increases thecompany’s profitability.
To sumup, healthcare ethics is very vital in achieving the best servicesthere is. Medical providers have the responsibility of handling themost critical form of humanity. When patients trust in them toreceive the best care, they have the duty to deliver. The ethicalcode is the most significant governing tool in the healthcare sector.
Eileen E. Morrison, B. F. (2013). Health Care Ethics. New York: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.
Kalantari, M. K. (2015). Factors affecting ethical behavior in pediatric occupational therapy: A qualitative study. Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 29-282.
Ferrell, J. F. (2012). Business Ethics: Ethical Decision Making & Cases. Chicago: Cengage Learning.