Ethical Issues of Health Care Essay

2075 Words Jul 16th, 2011 9 Pages
Ethical issues in health care
PHI 111:71 Tuesdays 5:25-7:55
Dr. Aronson
November 2, 2008
Word Count: 1,993

An Ironic Reversal of Professional Perspective in Medical Ethics

An Ironic Reversal of Professional Perspective in Medical Ethics

The movie “The Doctor” captures the shortcomings of a mechanized health care industry. Dr. Jack McKee is a gifted, however, arrogant, and self centered surgeon who cares little about the emotional welfare of his patients; treating them with a callous attitude, and examining them as specimen. Out of the four models of physician/patient relationship, Dr. McKee exemplified the Paternalistic model, the least ideal model for physician/patient interactions. He makes decisions for the patient
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It also goes against the requirement of a medical committee member to promote education regarding medical ethical matters and also to assess and provide patient care by demonstrating a respect for patient rights. However, despite Dr. McKeen’s callous attitude towards his patients, I believe he would follow the principle of beneficence, a supporting theory about the value of avoiding harm and helping others. Although he treated his patients in a lackadaisical manner, he demonstrated his gifted surgical abilities with the ultimate goal to heal them. Even when he is diagnosed with cancer and scheduled to receive radiation therapy, he’s concerned about missing his scheduled surgeries and continues to go to work despite his sickness. In the beginning of the movie, Dr McKee was an egoist. Even though he performed the kind actions of operating on people and saving their lives, he was only acting in his own interest. He didn’t actually care about the patients. On his way walking into a scheduled operation, he stated “A surgeon’s job is to cut. Caring is all about time. I’d rather cut straight, and care less.” He believed he had a right to his own interest, which was to do his job, and care only about his interests, which is exactly how egoists think. Towards the end of the film, he turns into
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