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Ethics: The Heart of Healthcare

Published: February 18, 2015

Ethics protect you, your health, and ultimately, your future! Ethics are at the very heart of healthcare! Good ethics in the medical field means doing the right thing to provide proper treatment and care. Ethical standards protect patients’ rights and guide the decision making process.

People have a very emotional stake when it comes to their health and personal wellbeing. It’s not always easy to determine what the right thing is. Sometimes, doctors, patients, and family members are unsure or disagree about making tough decisions. Ethics provide a framework to help people make decisions that are ultimately in the best interest of the patient.

In the medical field, professionals try to follow the same ethical standards. The Hippocratic Oath was adopted from Greek medical texts and goes back thousands of years. Named after Hippocrates, the father of medicine, it’s a promise to treat patients to the best of one’s ability and preserve a patient’s medical privacy. Health professionals are held accountable for malpractice and could even face civil or criminal charges. The oath is considered to be sacred among health professionals and today, nearly 100 percent of medical schools in the United States administer the oath upon graduation.1

In addition to the Hippocratic Oath, there are many other codes health professionals follow. For example, the American Medical Association (AMA), has established ethical policies to help improve patient care.2 Ethical issues are always up for debate. The discussion changes frequently as new gray areas form. Stem cell research, testing on animals, organ donation, and end-of-life decisions are all issues that are constantly questioned. These complex ethical problems don’t always have a clear solution. Ethics help navigate these gray areas.

At Charter College, we train our students to become a positive addition to the medical community. We offer a variety of healthcare programs that’ll prepare you for a rewarding career helping others. Whether you’re interested in a Bachelor, Associate, or Certificate program, you’ll find classes taught by experienced instructors who have the knowledge, skill, and passion to help you reach your goals. With classes starting every five weeks, get on the fast track today!