The Government And Teleological Vs. Deontological Philosophies

2045 Words Dec 16th, 2016 9 Pages
The focus of this paper is on how to assign limited, life-saving treatments to a surplus of people in need. Sadly, there are many individuals who are currently suffering from diseases that are treatable. Although there are treatments for their diseases, they are often in limited supply; creating an important ethical dilemma which must be considered. While deciding who should receive the treatments may seem easy on the surface, two major ethical questions must be answered first: who should be making the decision, and what should that decision be based on? This paper will take the stance that physicians and analytical philosophies are the most appropriate answer to these questions. Support will be drawn by elaborating on counter arguments that propose the government and teleological or deontological philosophies are more pertinent. Ultimately, through educating the reader about the various solutions, this paper aims to create an informed dialogue on one of the biggest issues in public health today.

Recurring drug shortages have become a major public health issue. For a multitude of reasons, including: manufacturing difficulties, material shortages, voluntary recalls, economic turbulation, and regulatory issues, physicians and patients alike are being forced to deal with the effects of drug shortages (Ventola, 2011, p. 742). While most patients solely deal with the effects shortages have on raising medical costs, some patients face life and death consequences if a drug they…

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