Ethics & the Law Read Chapter 4 (pp 65-80)

 Ethics & the Law Read Chapter 4 (pp 65-80) On p. 65 there is an opening conversation between Michelle Wicks & Tom Harolds At the bottom of p. 77 & carefully review the Case Illustration; it is a continuation of the conversation b/w Michelle Wicks & Tom Harolds (p. 65)  Questions: Do you feel Ms. Wicks should have gotten Marias consent to speak with Tom? Do you feel there is a potential conflict between the law and ethics in this case? If so, in what part of the conversation would you say this happened? (You can say something like when Michelle did the following, she ___) If you do not believe there was conflict, please explain (You could say something like, I dont feel Michelle broke the law or the professional ethics because ____).    Please keep in mind, that these are only my suggestions to get you started with your answer. You can answer any way you wish, but I do not want your opinion without facts to support it; you will need to know & understand the concepts by reading the chapter, reviewing the PowerPoint slides, & watching the YouTube videos   How do you feel about Ms. Wicks contacting a colleague in this situation?  Is there anything else she could have done instead?  

A Solution :


In the conversation between Michelle Wicks and Tom Harolds, Michelle discusses her concerns about Maria, a patient who has been diagnosed with HIV. Tom suggests that Michelle speak with him about Maria's case to ensure that Maria is receiving proper medical care. Michelle agrees to discuss the case with Tom, but it is unclear from the text whether she obtained Maria's consent.

It is generally considered ethical to obtain a patient's informed consent before disclosing their personal health information to a third party, including other healthcare providers. However, the text does not provide enough information to determine whether Michelle obtained Maria's consent in this case.

As for the potential conflict between the law and ethics, there may be situations where the law requires healthcare providers to disclose patient information without obtaining consent, such as in cases of mandatory reporting of certain infectious diseases. In these cases, the healthcare provider may be required by law to disclose patient information even if doing so would violate ethical principles of confidentiality and informed consent. Therefore, there may be situations where the law and ethics are in conflict, and healthcare providers must navigate these complex situations while adhering to their professional ethical standards