All physicians must follow a code of ethics in an attempt to give each and every patient the highest quality of care possible. This means obeying the law as well as using whatever tools they have available to them. While some treatment plans are controversial, their benefits should be recognized along with the doctor’s ability to provide adequate treatment.
Ethics in healthcare are vitally important to ensure proper care is given and that it is in the best interests of the patient. The following list includes just a few of the ethical concepts doctors must follow:
Stay within the letter of the law.Physicians must always make sure they are working within the legal parameters of the law, especially in cases where medical marijuana is being considered. In states, where medical marijuana is allowed, a physician must follow all legal protocols when dispensing it to patients.
Respect confidentiality.All of a patient’s records must be kept confidential and can only be viewed by individuals who have been named in the consent form. Patients must sign a HIPPA form that protects their medical information from being distributed to third parties. They are asked to list the names of individuals who have will have access to their medical records.
Follow the Hippocratic Oath.Always follow the Hippocratic Oath and administer treatment that is in the best interest of the patient. A physician’s oath binds them to providing the best care possible without harming the patient in any way.
Complete disclosure is a must. A physician must be completely honest with their patient and disclose all findings pertinent to their individual health and treatment plans.
Do not discriminate!As part of their oath, doctor’s promise to treat all individuals no matter what their race, religion, political views or financial state
Ray Boroumand is the Office Manager of 4th Street Medical, a leader in providing evaluations for medical marijuana in Santa Ana. An advocate for medical marijuana, Ray believes in making the process as simple and easy for patients as possible through quick and convenient verification. At 4th Street Medical, he stresses convenience, affordability and transparency 100% of the time.