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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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