Saturday, February 4, 2017

Theological Bioethics Midterm #2

Post #2 finishing my theological bioethics midterm topic from my last year of undergrad.

Yes, people in need of health care deserve it even if they do not have insurance due to the fact that it is a health professionals duty to promote the dignity of human life. The right of life is not bought with money or insurance, but it is something that we are all born with and given to us from God. The emphasis when dealing with a patient should be on doing the right thing, regardless of their financial position (Lebacqz 84). This focus on the right thing to do results in increased clarity about the true nature of ethical dilemmas. Understanding this is important, especially when we often forget it is the powerful who wrote history and consider what medicine is normal, and available to what people (Lebacqz 85).

We are all humans made in the likeness of God. We should have a preferential option for serving the poor, not because they matter more, but because they matter equally, and since they have less we should help them more and share the wealth of life. If we are all inherently equal it would make sense to allow everyone to have equal access to health care as it would be the right thing to do. Lastly it is important to consider the poor which provides more democratic attentiveness and improves the community narrative (Lebacqz 86-87) getting more people involved, healthy and able to contribute.

With reference to the Hauerwas article on this topic, the patient/doctor relationship should be a covenant. This mean a non-abandonment for anyone regardless of health or financial position since there is an imbalance or sense of vulnerability between the patient and doctor. The doctor needs to show compassion, or suffer with the patient in order to configure the relation and help eliminate the hopelessness. Doctors, nurses, chaplains and others are the bridge between the world of the ill and the world of the healthy. Their activity as physicians should be of commitment like Job's comforters, for those who need it regardless of their health or financial situation (Hauerwas 72, 80). The deepest thing we can do for something is never to abandon them especially those at a most vulnerable place in their life.

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