Posted: May 18th, 2017
In the United States, access to health care usually depends on a client’s ability to pay for health care, either through insurance or by paying cash. The client the nurse is caring for needs a liver transplant to survive. This client has been out of work for several months and does not have insurance or enough cash. A discussion about the ethics of this situation would involve predominantly the principle of:
A. Accountability, because you as the nurse are accountable for the well being of this client.
B. Respect of autonomy, because this client’s autonomy will be violated if he does not receive the liver transplant.
C. Ethics of care, because the caring thing that a nurse could provide this patient is resources for a liver transplant.
D. Justice, because the first and greatest question in this situation is how to determine the just distribution of resources.
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