Whereas the protection and promotion of human rights stand out among the major purposes of the law, sometimes the law is viewed as a restriction to individual rights in the delivery of health care and public health.
Individuals are deeply impacted by law on a daily basis, and this fact is no less true when they navigate the healthcare system, or when an individual’s actions are measured against the broader interests of the public’s health. Over many decades, legal principles have been rejected, developed, and refined as the law continually struggles to define the appropriate relationship between individuals and the physicians, hospitals, managed care companies, and others they encounter in the healthcare delivery system, and between individuals and government agencies charged with protecting public health and welfare. (Teitelbaum & Wilensky, 2020, p. 113)
By completing this assignment, you will gain insight to the individual’s legal rights to health care and individual rights in the context of government/policy-initiated public health efforts.
Imagine you are a chief ethics and compliance officer for a local public health department, and prepare a 15- to 17-slide PowerPoint presentation (title and reference slides do not count towards the total slide requirement) for presenting at a national health ethics conference organized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
In this presentation, you should:
- assess the conflicts of interest between individual rights and health care delivery and public health policies in the United States, focusing on a complex ethical issue of choice pertaining to public health policy; and
- compare the United States’ approach to health rights and that of other high-income countries