Ethical Problems With the Practice of Patient Dumping in the Healthcare Field

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"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do" (1). Ethics and its subsequent practice have been a very contentious issue in American society of late. Our current economic resulted almost entirely of excessive greed and unethical actions of key financial institutions. As a result of their lack of integrity, the entire world economy has subsequently suffered in a very severe manner. Many have lost their homes; even more have lost their retirement savings, while still others have lost their livelihoods. Such is the power of ethics and how its practice can have both positive and negative consequences on society as a whole. With all the attention placed on the financial community and in particular, Wall Street, many are often neglecting the unethical practices of the health care industry. I believe a very ubiquitous and widespread issue apparent within the health care industry is that of patient dumping. Throughout this document, I will provide the ethical considerations regarding patient dumping and methods in which to prevent the spread of its practice. In particular, I aim to highlight the practices and potential ethical threats to Health South Inc. To begin with, patient dumping is not an entirely new phenomenon. The practice of patient dumping and refusal to care still, and will continue to be a widespread issue within the healthcare system. Patient dumping, in essence, is simply a large game of hot potato. Its practice

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