Our healthcare system is often constrained by the resources that we have available. When resources are scarce, our allocations must be well justified. Perhaps the toughest example of resource allocation comes during times of emergency. Not enough medication, medical supplies, physicians, or hospital beds, coupled with uncertainty and urgency means that some people die, while others will receive the care that they need to live. For this assignment, please first listen to Radiolabs Podcast – Playing God, which can be found at http://www.radiolab.org/story/playing-god/ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Link on Blackboard). Then, please read Sheri Finks AUG. 21, 2016 NYT article, Whose Lives Should Be Saved? Researchers Ask the Public, available at:http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/22/us/whose-lives-should-be-saved-to-help-shape-policy-researchers-in-maryland-ask-the-public.html?_r=0 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Please reflect on above resources, and then consider the following questions, and write a clear, concise, and reasoned essay expressing your answers. As you find them applicable, you should incorporate the principles, theories, and strategies that we have been discussing in class and reading about in our homework assignments. Which bioethical principles are implicated in the case of Memorial Hospital during Hurricane Katrina? How do they arise?
How do we decide what the greatest good looks like?
Which moral theory or theories that we have discussed/read about do you believe is/are most helpful in emergency situations like the one described?
Do you think that the clinicians profiled in the Memorial Hospital case achieved an ethical outcome? Why or why not.
Grading: This first essay is a reflection paper worth 100 points. Each of the above questions is worth approximately 20 points, and the overall articulation of your response is likewise worth approximately 20 points. This essay should be no more than 1000 words. This assignment is due onSeptember 25, 2018.You must bring a hard copy to class.
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