THE MAN ON THE TABLE DEVISED THE SURGERY

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THE MAN ON THE TABLE DEVISED THE SURGERY

THE MAN ON THE TABLE DEVISED THE SURGERY

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This case study explores different issues in medicine. The case explores the issue of access to healthcare care, quality of care, and ethical concerns in provision of healthcare services. In this case, Dr. DeBakey finds himself at an operating table undergoing the same heart procedure he invented in the 1950s (Altman, 2006). Never thinking he could become a patient himself, he had given orders wishing he should not be resuscitated if his heart fails.  However, this note comes to haunt the medical team in the operating table and although the best team of doctors had been assembled, no one was willing to make the first move on the operating table fearing the legal consequences.  Dr. DeBakey was in a position to get the best care, having the best team assembled and at cost free, but the ethical implications of this operation almost cost him his life. Therefore, this case can be used to explore the components of healthcare system and how they interact.