The Ethical Issues of Healthcare Industry

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"Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do". 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 (SACK, 2010). 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 many of the practices within the healthcare industry to be unethical in regards to this case. The medical profession is predicated on trust and honesty. Dr. Smith however has been anything but honesty with both his coworkers and those he operates on.
Legal Aspects
What are the main liability issues in this situation?
The main liability issue in regards to Dr. Smith is that of his alcohol consumption prior to surgery. This is an egregious mistake on the part of the doctor as permanent injury could have resulted to the client. Furthermore, it is arguable the under the influence, the doctor would not perform the operation as
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