Ch 2: Ethical, Legal & Political Issues in U.S. Healthcare

About This Chapter

In order to ensure a safe and ethical work environmental for healthcare professionals and patients, they must understand fundamental ethical, legal, and political issues in the industry. This chapter breaks down these important topics into understandable lessons.

Ethical, Legal & Political Issues in U.S. Healthcare - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers major ethical, legal, and political topics in the healthcare industry like the right to treatment and confidentiality and issues concerning life and death. The lessons in this chapter cover the following topics:

  • Ethical issues in medicine, psychology, and mental health
  • Understanding informed consent and confidentiality
  • federal and state regulations on healthcare
  • Important medical rights and laws
  • The history of abortion law and planned parenthood
  • Bioethic issues

You can watch the lessons in this chapter from any smartphone or from your laptop or desktop. Each lesson takes about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, so you can take them when you have time. Additionally, a short multiple-choice quiz follows each lesson for you to test yourself on what you learned.

12 Lessons in Chapter 2: Ethical, Legal & Political Issues in U.S. Healthcare
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Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology

1. Ethical Issues in Medicine & Psychology

The world of healthcare is full of ethical issues, and they can be difficult to figure out. In this lesson, explore four major ethical issues, and then test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

2. Ethical Issues & Mental Health: Right to Treatment, Informed Consent & Confidentiality

When someone goes to see a mental health professional, they have legal and ethical rights that are meant to protect them. In this lesson, we'll explore three major rights of patients: confidentiality, the right to treatment, and informed consent.

Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions

3. Ethical Issues Concerning Life & Death: Terms & Definitions

In this lesson, explore some of the ethical issues in the medical world concerning the inducement of death and the prolonging of life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Federal & State Regulation of Healthcare Organizations & Providers

4. Federal & State Regulation of Healthcare Organizations & Providers

Healthcare is governed by regulations set in place to protect both the patients and the providers. This lesson brings both regulations and administrators of the law to the surface. We'll also describe the impact on health organizations and providers.

Consumer Health: Laws, Regulations & Agencies

5. Consumer Health: Laws, Regulations & Agencies

In this lesson we will look at a brief history of laws protecting consumer health, current laws, and agencies involved in consumer protection in the United States.

Medical Rights & Obligations: Definitions & Views

6. Medical Rights & Obligations: Definitions & Views

The medical world comes with some difficult ethical issues. Doctors need to be able to do their jobs, but patients should feel safe. In this lesson, explore several perspectives of medical ethics, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

The History of Abortion Law in the United States

7. The History of Abortion Law in the United States

Once illegal in every state, abortions are now legal everywhere in the United States. However, abortion is a controversial political issue, and abortion laws differ greatly depending on what part of the country in which a woman is located.

Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

8. Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade: Summary, Decision & Impact on Abortion

''Roe v. Wade, 1973'' was the landmark Supreme Court decision in regard to legalized abortion. Learn about the case, the decision and its impact on the United States.

Casey v. Planned Parenthood: Summary & Significance

9. Casey v. Planned Parenthood: Summary & Significance

Casev v. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania was a significant case in terms of abortion laws. It was the first case since ''Roe v. Wade'' to attempt to change restrictions on abortions. Did they succeed? Read on to find out.

Principles & Conflicts of Contemporary Abortion Arguments

10. Principles & Conflicts of Contemporary Abortion Arguments

In this lesson, explore several different arguments surrounding the very sensitive debate on abortion, and discover how each is supported and defended. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Griswold v. Connecticut: Case Brief & Summary

11. Griswold v. Connecticut: Case Brief & Summary

Griswold v. Connecticut is a 1965 Supreme Court case, which discusses the right to privacy in the context of marital contraception. In this lesson, we will learn about the right to privacy, background in this case, and the decision of the Court.

Bioethics: Areas, Issues & Human Life

12. Bioethics: Areas, Issues & Human Life

Bioethics are an important area of debate in our modern world. In this lesson, you will explore several areas and issues within this field, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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