Health Care Practices

Health Care Practices
MHA 614 Policy Formation & Leadership in Health Organizations
Judy Roberts
November 7, 2013

Health Care Practices
On the surface, we see the practice of health care as patients in and out of doctors’ offices, surgeries, pharmacy visits, and general operations and administration. What is not seen are the other areas of the practice that often cause conflict of interest. This occurs “when physicians have motives or are in situations for which reasonable observers could conclude that the moral requirements of the physician’s roles are or will be compromised. In terms of industry influences, financial conflicts of interest occur when physicians are tempted to deviate or do deviate from their professional obligations for economic or other personal gain” (Harrington & Estes, 2008 p.272). Stakeholders involved can include patients, physicians, and insurance providers. Some aspects of health care may seem like the norm or harmless; though at the same time, these same aspects may have a level of unethicality. For example, certain companies have perks or incentives to show appreciation to their employees; however, these rewards (if distributed excessively or without authorization) may add up and greatly affect shareholders down the road. This example of gifting is one practice that may often times be construed as unethical and/or for personal gain. Others described in this paper that may also cause professional conflict in a health care practice are: pharmaceutical samples to physicians and grants given for research.
Gifting is what companies do to show appreciation to their employees. According to Harrington & Estes (2008), gifting in some organizations may also include providing free meals and pay for time outside of work such as during meetings and business trips. In a health care organization, for example, employees may be given items to keep such as food, pens, highlighters, tablets, and tote bags to promote...