Ethical Issues of Health Care Essay

2073 Words Jun 27th, 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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He learned the importance and healing powers of love and compassion and the meaning of ethics of care in that love and responsibility are emphasized over rights, duties, and rules. He defends a patient who was described as terminal by arguing with the doctor and saying, ‘Well is the patient alive or dead? Call a patient terminal again and that’s how you will describe your career.” He was kind and companionate to Mr. Merris, who was undergoing a heart transplant by talking to him throughout the operation and hugging him. Dr. McKee becomes a believer in Kantian theory of truth-telling when he refuses to lie under oath about the mal practice case against Mr. Richards. When all the doctors watched and ignored Mr. Richards who seemed to be having trouble with his car, Dr. McKee helped him receive the keys he’s locked in his car. Also, in the beginning of the film, Dr. McKee would ridicule Eli, an ear-nose-throat doctor, for his empathetic treatment of his patients. At the end he apologizes to him and says, “I’ve been very insulting with you in the past which I am ashamed of.” When Dr. Abbott says she knows how he feels he responds by saying, “You don’t have the first idea what I’m feeling. Today I’m sick, tomorrow or the next day you’ll be sick. Every doctor becomes a patient somewhere down the line and then it’ll hit you as hard

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