Physicians' Denial Of Aid

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By definition, a physician is a person licensed to practice medicine; in other words, a medical doctor (MD). Indirectly, a physician is someone who saves lives. This definition is the general outlook of doctors around the country. However, there are physicians that indeed do not save lives by denying aid to one in need. This act should be null and void, since a physician should not be allowed to deny aid to one in need. Even though the Hippocratic Oath is not taken up by all physicians, it still should be followed, since it contains guidelines of how to be a “good” physician. It states in the Hippocratic Oath that a physician is “to practice and prescribe to the best of my ability for the good of my patients, and to try and avoid harming them.” In other words, a physician must not harm a patient, whether it is making mistakes or denying them aid. When someone is in need of medical assistance, a physician should not deny it just because he does not want to. Their top priority as a doctor is to help others, and one is not helping someone by denying them aid. For example, a person enters a pharmacy and asks for birth control pills. The person approaches the pharmacist in order to obtain those birth control pills, but the pharmacist does not want to give him/her the pills because the pharmacist believes it is morally wrong. Whichever way you see this, the pharmacist has no choice in the matter; it is the person asking for the pills that has a choice. Whether you support or criticize birth control pills, it is ultimately up to that person to decide for themselves, not the pharmacist. The pharmacist has no right to alter one’s decision, and they should just adhere to their job description: prescription, not alteration. Another example would be House, or just “Gregory”. In the medical show appropriately called “House,” House originally denied care to his ex-wife’s
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