Medical Paternalism


Choose one of the following topics and write a 750-1,000 word essay (3 typed pages, double-space) in response. Make sure your answer is focused on the question and give reasons. Don’t just respond to each portion of the question separately. Make sure you’re writing an integrated essay, a discussion. Whatever your opinion on the matter in question, consider how someone who disagrees with you might respond and what you might offer in answer. 1. What is the moral argument in favor of medical paternalism? Is it convincing (consider Alan Goldman’s objections)? What is the argument for self-determination? Is it convincing and why? 2. Should patients be allowed to decide for themselves in regard to medical treatment? Should doctors intervene in some patient decisions? If both doctors and patients make mistakes, who should decide? Do they each tend to make different kinds of mistakes? Would knowing this help guide the doctor-patient relationship?

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To facilitate discussion of moral arguments concerning medical paternalism, it serves great significant explaining what medical paternalism entails.   In the health care docket, medical paternalism is a  set of principles and practices in which health care provides determines the choices made by a patient should be honored.  Up to the 20th century and in the mid 21st-century medical paternalism was considered an as appropriate in many West region since it seemed more beneficial to the patient than it was to the health care providers.  Additionally, the notion of medical paternalism was characterized by a paternalistic attitude, surrogate decision making and also lacked respect for patient’s autonomy.  following the level of illiteracy displayed by people in the past few decades, medical paternalism was considered a necessary medical practice (Lepping, Peter, &  Bevinahalli, 95).