Health Resource Allocation and the Elderly
Growing old is an undeniable aspect of life for all human beings. However, America has repeatedly been accused of being a nation which does not care adequately for its elderly population, instead focusing eternally on the young. In order to be a more humane, sensitive society, one could argue that we need to focus on our most vulnerable populations, and the elderly definitely make up a large portion of that population. One manner in which to treat the elderly population in a more humane and dignified manner would be to re-evaluate the allocation of resources of society, so that the elderly are more likely to be on the receiving end of the goods, services and medications that they need.
However, when it comes to things which are slightly more controverstial, such as ICU beds, resource allocation can fall into a sort of gray area. To select an ICU bed to be given to one patient over the other, based solely on the ages of the patients can be accused to be some sort of discrimination. Thus, there need to be other factors involved when it comes to the just and moral allocation of resources. As one expert argues that the...
In one particular study, many of the elderly patients didn't want to receive resuscitation (25%) (Brock & Wikler, 2013). Thus, to allocate resources to these patients based solely on their age would exhibit flagrant disregard for their wishes and would ultimately amount to a waste of resources. This study does lend support to the responsibility and necessity of allocating resrouces to the elderly on a case by case basis when it comes to things like the ICU.
On the other hand, what about when it comes to things like the general allocation of resources, such as policies made by legislators? Those who oppose rationing resources to the elderly use economics and "logic" as a means of supporting their argument. "Implicit in this argument is the principle that elderly health care represents an investment of scarce resources with limited returns. In addition, this argument reflects an intuitive conclusion that an older person has less chance of achieving…
Property and buildings are upfront, whereas equipment that will need replacing or upgrading every several years is ongoing, and most departments are likely to have certain ongoing capital expenses. The acquisition of upfront capital resources should be made through an outside agent capable of sourcing and negotiating the best deal in the given market, while the ongoing capital needs of various departments should be reassessed annually and contracts should
Healthcare Resources Allocating Healthcare Resources Allocation of Healthcare Resources It may seem that the resources that a healthcare organization has at its disposal is contained in a very small list, but for proper allocation of total resources every possible thing has to be considered. Resources refers not only to the money that a business has on hand, but the people, buildings, land, recruitment of people, retention and finances. An organization is the sum
Volunteer activities Volunteers are considered to be compassionate, patience, unselfish caring and just plain love which are expressed by an individual to another. Voluntarism is considered to be in kind donation in that it is where a person donates his skills and manpower to the organization by performing duties a signed to him. Management and leadership of nonprofit organizations should ensure that they get highly skilled volunteers who come and stay
Nursing Ethical Theories Ethical Theories in Nursing Significance of Moral in Nursing Deontology vs. Utilitarianism Deontology Utilitarianism Justice Ethics vs. Care Ethics Justice Ethics Care Ethics Rights Ethics Conflict of Rights Ethical Theories in Nursing Moral philosophy has moved from addressing Plato's question of what makes the good person, to Kant's query as to the right thing to do, to Buber's concern with relationship. Whether referring to business ethics' interest in relationships between corporations and consumers; legal ethics' focus on relationships among
Ethical Distribution of Access to Health Care Resources Right to Health Care Resources Role of Nurses Right to Health Care Resources While the concept of 'right to health' is applicable in many of the socialist countries, most of the modern societies lay emphasis on the concept of 'right to health care." This is the concept that has been evolving over the years with the aim of providing equal health care resources to keep every
Ethical Issues in HRM Strategy Human Resource management is a key factor in any organizations success. For any company, institution, industry or group to attain its goals, there has to be a clear concise and hard working force behind. Thus, any company that does not have a human resource management department or a strategy to maintain and run its working personnel is simply planning to fail (Snell & Bohlander, 2013). The role