Socialized Healthcare


The purpose of this assignment is to analyze the ethical response to an organizational dilemma about socialized healthcare. A multi-step ethical decision making process will be used to analyze the situation. The ethical dilemma will be defined including any competing loyalties between the organization, the patient, and others within the organization. The paper will also contain information about how socialized healthcare will positively or negatively affect the economy and citizens. Recommendation for future situations will be included in the conclusion section.
Socialized Healthcare
Socialized healthcare has been and is currently practiced in most European countries and other countries like Canada and Australia. In 1948, England passed the National Service Health Service Act in other words a socialized program that will provide free physician visits and hospital visits for all citizens (Brochu, 2000). Socialized medicine has been successful in most Western countries and the program ensures that all citizens are medically insured no matter the socioeconomic status. Senior citizens, wealthy individuals, and also the poor are provided with proper healthcare which will help decrease mortality rates. It can also be called the universal health care because every citizen no matter the socio or economic setting is provided with health care. Every citizen of a given country has an inherent human right to receive at least a minimal standard of medical attention (Tatum, 2010).
Collect, Analyze, and Interpret Data
The Aiken (2004) 5-step ethical decision making model is used to analyze the ethical dilemma of nursing working 12-hours shifts without a break. The five stages are:
  1. Collect, interpret, and analyze data
  2. State the dilemma
  3. Consider the choices of action
  4. Analyze the advantages and disadvantages of each action
  5. Make the decision
Step one is to collect, analyze, and interpret the data. The...