Problem

Conflict of interest in medical doctors

Other Names:
Moral dilemmas of physicians
Doubt about prescribing euthanasia
Conflict of interest in pharmacists
Chemists' conflict of interest
Violating Hippocratic oaths
Nature:
Physicians may feel morally obliged to offer the the medical treatments that their patients would prefer, but simultaneously not wish to offer treatments injurious to the patient's health. Killing the patient at anyone's request, including the patient's, may seem sinful.
Incidence:
The reported incidence of euthanasia in the Netherlands has risen steadily, and was 1436 in 1994. The rise reflects an increasing willingness among physicians to report the requests, rather than a rise in patients' demand.
Broader Problems:
Conflict of duties
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
28.05.1999 – 00:00 CEST