Ethical Issues in Modern Healthcare

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One of the key issues in modern healthcare is not only advocacy and patient care, but keeping patient's safe and free from harm. Globally, there are skyrocketing costs due to technology, wages, research and development, and an aging population. Much of the responsibility for patient safety, though, goes to the clear and direct responsibilities of the many professionals working in healthcare. Modern healthcare can be a rewarding, but challenging, career choice. Under the paradigm of quality health care, modern health professionals should interpret this as "quality patient care" which comprises three important factors sound theoretical knowledge of the latest medical procedures, information and innovations; superior communication skills that are multi-culturally based; and the ability to empathize appropriately with the patient and family to buttress the role of caregiver (Brown 2007).
The healthcare issue in the United States is quite problematical. Unfortunately, stakeholders abound because it is actually almost every aspect of the economy that is affected by the uninsured and the underinsured. The Commonwealth Fund, a New York Foundation, released research results recently from Primary Care Physicians in eleven countries. Interestingly, that survey found that the United States lagged behind other developed nations on quality and use of information, health care access, and a general view of overall care. The data showed that almost 60 percent of U.S. doctors indicated that
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