Critical Disparities In Health Care

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Autumn of 2011. My father got pneumonia and was admitted into the ICU. Many complications arose. He couldn't breathe independently; his lungs, filled with fluid, needed machine assistance. In a coma with a heart function of 12%, the doctors tried to pressure my mother for them to do a risky open heart surgery. The doctors even pressured my mom to agree for brain surgery. They kept asking time after time for my mother’s approval so they could proceed with experimental procedures on my father despite her constant refusal. In hindsight, they did not tell us the risks of the experimental procedures. And knowing my dad at the time was in critical condition, we were not going to put him through things that would put him in more risk. Maybe during…show more content…
I could not phantom what my family’s life would be like if my mother had agreed to those risky experimental procedures. I’m so thankful she said no each time because if she’d given in, I don’t know if my father would be here today. This experience has lead me to realize some critical disparities within health care. Healthcare should be provided to everyone. The potential cost of health care can deter persons in need of treatment. Whether a general checkup or an emergency room visit, the expenses that arise from either of these visits can result in a financial burden for patients -- especially the ones who do not have much money to begin with. From how I see it, healthcare is a privilege. Money directly affects health care and treatments. This is turn can question informed consent for proposed medical treatments. One major health care disparity is the proper implementation of informed consent from health care professional to patient. This is an issue because money's influence on health care can deter from what should be in the best interest of the…show more content…
Since out based incomes are financial incentives, they generally foresee the generation of more amount of medical care per patient. Thus, if doctors are making money from unnecessary medical procedures, there is an ethical issue of physicians not wanting the best for their patients. Active informed consent (based on knowledge about procedure, risk, benefits, etc.) by the patient (or proxy) in response to a physician's prescription should only be of the best interest and well-being of the patient. Active informed consent is essential, but not enforced to the same degree by all medical professionals. As a physician, I will make every single effort to change this. I want to influence other physicians, nurses, and health professionals to always keep in mind the best interest and well-being of the patients. As stated previously, not every health care professional is like this. I am thankful for all the healthcare professionals who keep their patients’ wellness as top priority. However, there is still a precedent issue that I felt strongly to
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