Medical Ethics: An Excuse for Inefficiency?
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1984 Dec; 10(4): 183-185.
The author maintains that the medical profession ignores the objective of a health care system--to maximize the health of the community with the resources available--in favor of maximizing the care of the individual patient. In terms of medical ethics this results in an apparent conflict between the individual values of virtue and duty and the social value of the common good. Mooney proposes certain changes in Britain's National Health Service which, while preserving clinical freedom, would lead to incorporation of the value of the common good into medical ethics. (KIE abstract)