HIV Infection, Risk Taking, and the Duty to Treat
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. 1997 Feb; 22(1): 55-74.
The paper advances a consequence-based argument in support of the American Medical Association's policy that a physician may not ethically refuse to treat a person with HIV solely because the patient is seropositive. A limited number of alternative arguments, both in support of and in opposition to this policy are also considered, but are found wanting. The paper then concludes with a discussion of some of the other obstacles to quality health care that persons with HIV must often confront.
Aids; Autonomy; Discrimination; Economics; Ethical Analysis; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Personnel; Hepatitis; HIV Seropositivity; Incentives; Injuries; Insurance; Insurance Selection Bias; Legal Obligations; Managed Care Programs; Moral Obligations; Managed Care; Occupational Exposure; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physician's Role; Physicians; Policy Analysis; Professional Autonomy; Professional Organizations; Refusal to Treat; Research; Risk; Risks and Benefits; Scarcity; Social Impact; Stigmatization; Teleological Ethics; Therapeutic Research; Trust; Voluntary Programs;
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Post, Stephen G.; Botkin, Jeffrey R. (1992-09-02)An extensive literature has emerged on the duty of health care professionals to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositive patients. However, little has been written on the corresponding responsibilities of ...