The problem of lesser evil within the context of public health

Janusz Sytnik-Czetwertyński, Dorota Cianciara

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Sytnik-Czetwertyński Janusz, Cianciara Dorota. The problem of lesser evil within the context of public health. Journal of Education, Health and Sport. 2016;6(10):299-308. eISSN 2391-8306. DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.162532

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Received: 02.10.2016. Revised 02.10.2016. Accepted: 20.10.2016.

 

 

 

The problem of lesser evil within the context of public health

 

 

Janusz Sytnik-Czetwertyński

UKW w Bydgoszczy, Poland

 

Dorota Cianciara

Szkoła Zdrowia Publicznego w Warszawie, Poland

 

 

Abstract

 

The issue of public health also includes broad ethical questions. It is here for instance that we find so-called decisions of conscience. Since medical practice is full of moral dilemmas, transferred into the domain of public health, for instance when a doctor decides to provide, in individual cases, costly medical procedures while being simultaneously aware that the funds used for these procedures, could save many more people whose ailments are less costly. These situations force the medical practitioner into making a decision, despite the fact that all the possible choices are morally reprehensible . There exist many moral dilemmas, where the person making the decision cannot find a satisfactory solution, while also being forced to make a decision. Normally, the decision maker then calls upon the category of so-called lesser evil. But this category is no justification – lesser evil is still evil. Which is why it is worth asking what the situation of lesser evil is for the decision maker . What is a moral choice within a public health policy?

 

Key words: public health, the ethical dilemma, naturalism


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public health, the ethical dilemma, naturalism.

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