Code Of Ethics - Veterans Health Administration
University Of Phoenix
Health Care and Social Responsibility
March 23, 2013
Code of Ethics - Veterans Health Administration
Veterans Health Administration is unlike any other healthcare system. Although there are similarities to other healthcare providers, it is unique not only because it was established primarily to care for our veterans but because of what they are being treated for, and why. These veterans are being provided with treatment not only for physical wounds inflicted from combat but the emotional and mental stress such as Post-Traumatic Syndrome and debilitating illnesses that ...view middle of the document...
In order to stay compliant the VA follows a mission statement from a promise made by President Lincoln to war veterans and their family which states, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans. The Veterans Administration goals are primarily broken down into seven core values. The seven core values are: compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship. Each core value is guided by the premise for safety and health care quality of the veteran receiving the care ethically. Through the years the VA has faced ethical issues when caring for veterans coming back from wars. To control ethical issues the VA has ethics committee who addresses issues and concerns involving ethics in health care. Each committee member is knowledgeable and familiar in applied ethics within health care. The importance of having a mechanism to address ethical conflicts in health care facilities has been recognized by JCAHO in the establishment of “Patient Rights and Organizational Ethics” standards (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, 2005). The VA has taken an oath to providing the best quality care for veterans by enhancing safety, ethics and following the mission statement. Each United States veteran is owed for his or her service because of the commitment made to go into battle for freedom and equality. So the VA has made a commitment to veterans by honoring the men and women with a promise to provide and follow the seven core values when caring for veterans. The VA has made it an ethical duty and obligation to provide care, respect, and show fairness to all veterans who seek medical care within a VA facility.
Culture and Ethical Decision-Making
Veterans Health Administration's (VHA) is the largest health-care system in the country with the purpose of providing physical and mental health care to our veterans. The social responsibility of Veterans Health Administration in the community revolves around those who served in the military. The treatment, counseling and all health care services being provided is to make sure that all eligible veterans will be able to cope with the transition from military to civilian life. It may be hard for civilian community to understand the need for veterans assistance during such transition but all military personnel knows how difficult this can be. Although some veterans may cope well during...