Sample Paper on Ethical Dilemma

Ethical Dilemma

  1. Ms. Ami Davidson was involved in a horrible gun attack. She was rushed to a private hospital where she continued to receive occupational therapy. She was however unable to pay for the bill. As the leading medical practitioner, there was a decision to make regarding the continued occupational therapy and the outstanding bills. Conflicts arose due to the demands between the productivity level as demanded by the medical care policies and the augmented consumer activism. I sympasised with her predicament and felt it wrong to discontinue her care while she was still in need of medication. I also had the obligation to follow hospital regulations on payments.
  2. In resolving this dilemma, there are processes, which had to be adhered to. “Gather all the relevant files about the situation.’ These facts defined the problem in the right contexts. According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (73), ‘the ethical problem was then identified’. The ethical problem was how to continue with the services for better health yet the patient was unable to pay for the services so far rendered. The ethical principle is then determined. In this case, the principle of beneficence was employed. “Clarity of the professional duties was paramount.’ There was need to illuminate the professional duties in the situation at hand. This entailed doing no harm to the patient while providing for the services. “Alternatives were explored.” This comprised of the required results and impact of the action. The patient was to get well but the services rendered would be unpaid. Pertinent features were described. These comprised of the Code of Ethics. The people involved were also described. The doctors, the nurses and the clinical officers nurses who performed the surgery and attended to her after the surgery. “The action was completed and the process evaluated.” The action was to take care of the patient until she got well and discharged. “Evaluation was later done on the entire process and outcome.” The patient was grateful for the services rendered.

I pleaded with the medical team to continue with the occupational therapy and to right off the debt. The management also saw it wise to right off the cost of the services rendered. I also advocated for the introduction of the written rules to guide on such situation in future. Presently the hospital has incorporated rules to prevent such cases in future. Among the guidelines is that every patient must be insured against every form of accident. The state also got involved. For the less privileged, the state is to pay 10% of the outstanding bills. This is to cover for part of the services rendered before they are transferred to the nearest public hospital

  1. There are principles in the AOTA Code of Ethics, which are connected to the ethical dilemma presently. The principle that comes in handy is the principle of beneficence. This principle implies that the medical practitioner ought to provide the quality health and welfare of the patient. This principle supports the patient regardless of the prevailing dilemmas (The American Occupational Therapy Association, 70-71). The principle is divided into four main sectors, which ensure that the patient is accorded the best form of care from the medical professionals. The first section is in charge of fair and equitable treatment of the client. This section protects the patient against any forms of discrimination, which may be present due to the prevailing dilemma. The second section, advocates for the recipients to acquire the much-needed services. This section fights any discrimination, which may be accorded to the dependents of the client. The other section stands for the public health, security, and welfare of the clients involved. The last section charges reasonable fees for the services attained.
  2. This principle was chosen to solve the ethical dilemmas existing between the client and the medical practitioner. This principle ensures that the client receives a fair share of treatment from the medical practitioners regardless of the ethical dilemma, which may be prevailing. This code educates the public of their rights in case there are ethical dilemmas between them and the medical practitioners. The medical professionals are also to be inspired to give the deserved quality and empathetic services in all the diversity of people. This is through the guidance from the principle on making sound decisions. Through the acquired knowledge, the public can act against unscrupulous professionals. This is because of the legal protection the public has over the medics. The public are also able to differentiate between the medics and other professionals.






Work Cited

The American Occupational Therapy Association. Occupational Therapy: The Practitioner. Practicing legally and Ethically, Chapter 8). 2010. 64(6