Law and Healthcare System Administration

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Law and Healthcare System Administration

Introduction
This paper will discuss the importance of the physician/hospital-patient relationship and how it relates to the Healthcare Administration profession. Also it will discuss the laws of contract principle and breach of warranty and how they affect the healthcare setting. In addition, the paper will list the four elements of negligence; duty of care, breach of duty, injury and causation will be analyze each and how they affect physician/hospital- patient relationship. The paper will briefly discuss the functions and responsibilities of the governing board of a healthcare corporation. In the few weeks of researching healthcare administrative law a lot of new information has been discovered which has introduced the idea that the healthcare system is more than what is seen when entering the clinic and emergency rooms. It has helped to understand that there is a lot going on in the background that has to all come together and include the laws, politics, staff and the people that are served. We, society, must first look into the hows, whys, and whats of things before taking a stance on them positively or negatively.

We all know that without some mutual understanding and active communication in our personal relationships they will definitely go wrong, with the same regard to the physician-patient relationship there is no difference. The article, Patient-physician Communication Barrier: A Pilot Study Evaluating Patient Experiences researchers states that the “Lack of physician-patient understanding was the main reason that results in hindrance in the affective communication. In addition, the possible reasons for the communication barriers may be the low level of health literacy among the patients and inability of the physician to affectively listen to patients’ views and describe the detailed information about the drug and disease.” This article basically states that the patient should be open to being educated about their healthcare and the physician should be open to taking the time to do so.

Physician, Hospital and Patient Relationship
Patient satisfaction should always be the chosen outcome of any healthcare facility. Healthy patient relationships require trust and effective communication on the part of the physician, patient and facility. According, Alexander, Hearld, Mittler, & Harvey, 2012 study indicate that, “patient role relationships with their physician are associated with their level of activation. These findings...point to the importance of the relationship between the physician and patient as a leverage point for changing patient behaviors and attitudes toward their care. Current policy efforts to promote higher value health care through consumer choice and patient self-management of chronic conditions will achieve greater success if patients are highly activated...traditional, passive patient role is largely incompatible with strategies to introduce more market-based efficiencies in health care. For such policies to succeed, it may be necessary to promote patient activation and change the traditional patient–physician role from one dominated by professionals to a more equitable partnership between the physician and patient.”The doctor–patient relationship is the foundation of the healthcare facility; it is the guiding force when patients are making the decision on which particular healthcare facility they will allow to provide their care. Therefore, it is the physician obligation to fully educate their patients about all of their healthcare rights, diagnosis, needs and plan of care. The atmosphere should be one where the patient feels comfortable and apart of the process. The physician should take every opportunity to express empathy and respect for each patient. A successful physician patient relationship will not only build trust and promote healthier patient outcomes but will increases the physician professional satisfaction. When...
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