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Medical ethics and profit motivated medical practice - the dilemma of a modern day private health practitioner

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dc.contributor.author Sifile, Obert
dc.contributor.author Mhangara, Mutsa
dc.contributor.author Chavunduka, Desderio
dc.contributor.author Bhebhe, Thomas Brighton
dc.date.accessioned 2023-07-31T08:32:06Z
dc.date.available 2023-07-31T08:32:06Z
dc.date.issued 2018-02-25
dc.identifier.citation Obert, S., Mutsa, M., Desderio, C., & Brighton, B. T. (2018). Medical ethics and profit motivated medical practice-the dilemma of a modern day private health practitioner. Archives of Business Research, 6(2). en_US
dc.identifier.issn DOI: 10.14738/abr.62.4187
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.cut.ac.zw:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/352
dc.description.abstract The rapid emergence of for-profit health care organizations over the past few years poses critical questions on the ethics of health care delivery. The study explores the ethical implications of commodification of health care service as it relates to the healing relationship between the professionals and their patients. A cross-sectional study of for-profit health practitioners in Harare Metropolitan Province, Zimbabwe was done from a representative sample size which was randomly selected from the practitioners register. Respondents answered self-administered questionnaires and key informant interviews. Data was analyzed using Epi Info Version 7, to generate descriptive and inferential statistics. A significant proportion of for-profit medical practitioners are not practicing or adhering to good ethical practices but preferring alternatives which generate income. Medical ethics should be viewed as dynamic, situational and circumstantial. The study concludes that unregulated commodification of health care services, negatively affects the healing relationship between the professionals and their patients due to lack of trust which is the fundamental backbone of the relationship. The study recommends that regulators of medical practice, Health Professions Authority and Medical and Dental Practitioners Council, should regularly review the ethical conducts standards for practitioners since they are dynamic and not to rigidly codify ethics, as they prevent better human relations and adjustments. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Society for science and education en_US
dc.subject Ethics en_US
dc.subject medical ethics en_US
dc.subject medical practice en_US
dc.subject private health practitioner en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.title Medical ethics and profit motivated medical practice - the dilemma of a modern day private health practitioner en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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