Do vaccine refusers have an ethical duty to pay for their own Covid care?

jinjuku

jinjuku

Moderator
I wasn't ignoring your statement, I was addressing a question you posed that appeared to contradict it. There was no deliberate intention to take your words out of context, if that's what you perceived.
Thanks for the clarification. I thought I had made and statement and then a follow up question so the question was construed as only a question.

Hence both my defensiveness and confusion.
 
jinjuku

jinjuku

Moderator
You posed a question regarding how care for unvaccinated COVID patients should be prioritized if it comes to competition over hospital beds, yes? To me, asking the question suggested that you might possibly think such patients should have lower priority. From your subsequent statements, I understand that you are not of this opinion.
My follow on question was how are ICU beds prioritized when you have two medically equivalent needs. How do the people responsible for such a heavy decision make this? From a social fabric standpoint I wish people that are irrationally opposed to vaccination wouldn't be as self centered or just plain stupid as to put medical professionals and patients in need through no fault of their own in that position.

To be fair my statement about top notch care was made before my question. All to stave off this sub-thread back and forth.
 
Steve81

Steve81

Audioholics Five-0
My follow on question was how are ICU beds prioritized when you have two medically equivalent needs. How do the people responsible for such a heavy decision make this?
They’d look and see if anyone could be transferred out of the ICU in a reasonable period of time, potentially transfer someone to a different hospital, etc. It’s never come down to “this guy sounds like a real a-hole, screw him” IME at least.
 
GO-NAD!

GO-NAD!

Audioholic Spartan
My follow on question was how are ICU beds prioritized when you have two medically equivalent needs. How do the people responsible for such a heavy decision make this? From a social fabric standpoint I wish people that are irrationally opposed to vaccination wouldn't be as self centered or just plain stupid as to put medical professionals and patients in need through no fault of their own in that position.

To be fair my statement about top notch care was made before my question. All to stave off this sub-thread back and forth.
This speaks to a point I made earlier. I can't see medical staff looking beyond regular triage protocols when it comes to prioritizing treatment. Moral considerations vis-a-vis the circumstances placing patients in a hospital would be a bag of snakes to untangle. The smashed up drunk driver or the COVID-infected anti-vaccer?

However, I would not be surprised if subconscious moral judging took place when choices have to be made.
 
BoredSysAdmin

BoredSysAdmin

Audioholic Overlord
I don't always have an original thought, but I can see where someone's opinion clearly supports my own and put in better words, like this Arstechnica comment on the Houston Methodist Hospital case from today by "Jarvis":

I've said it before and I'll say it again. You are "free" to choose not to accept the vaccine, but you are not "free" from the consequences of your decision. You WORK in the medical field. There is a global pandemic and if you want to work in that field then this is a requirement. Like a license to perform engineering work. Deal with it. Or don't work there. Your call. But you don't get to complain about it, and these arguments are just ridiculous. I'm sure there are plenty of others who can fill your shoes that won't serve as a conduit to spreading Covid while patients seek treatment at your hospital. What is wrong with people?

Source: https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/06/judge-tosses-reprehensible-lawsuit-comparing-covid-vaccine-to-nazi-atrocities/?comments=1&sort=high#comments
Cause and effect:
 
Trell

Trell

Audioholic Samurai
Interesting. Now that unvaccinated nurse can possibly spread covid to ill people in their homes. What a great company they work for. Hope they get sued out of business if and when...
I've more sympathy with "Typhoid Mary", an uneducated cook living a hundred years ago, than a nurse with a modern and science based education.

Mary Mallon (1869-1938) and the history of typhoid fever

>>>Mary Mallon was born in 1869 in Ireland and emigrated to the US in 1884. She had worked in a variety of domestic positions for wealthy families prior to settling into her career as a cook. As a healthy carrier of Salmonella typhi her nickname of “Typhoid Mary” had become synonymous with the spread of disease, as many were infected due to her denial of being ill. She was forced into quarantine on two separate occasions on North Brother Island for a total of 26 years and died alone without friends, having evidently found consolation in her religion to which she gave her faith and loyalty.<<<
 
M

Mr._Clark

Audioholic Chief
"She also told the AP that Tuesday was her first day at a new job with a company that will send her and other unvaccinated nurses into people’s homes to provide care."

At some point a health care provider who refuses to take basic precautions to protect vulnerable patients from contracting a potentially deadly disease could be subject to sanctions or a loss of accreditation.

I have not researched this in detail, but here are a few examples from the Texas Administrative Code that might apply:

>>>The Texas Board of Nursing is responsible for regulating the practice of nursing within the State of Texas for Vocational Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Registered Nurses with advanced practice authorization. The standards of practice establish a minimum acceptable level of nursing practice in any setting for each level of nursing licensure or advanced practice authorization. Failure to meet these standards may result in action against the nurse's license even if no actual patient injury resulted.

(1) Standards Applicable to All Nurses. All vocational nurses, registered nurses and registered nurses with advanced practice authorization shall:

(A) Know and conform to the Texas Nursing Practice Act and the board's rules and regulations as well as all federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations affecting the nurse's current area of nursing practice;

(B) Implement measures to promote a safe environment for clients and others;
. . .(O) Implement measures to prevent exposure to infectious pathogens and communicable conditions;
. . .(T) Accept only those nursing assignments that take into consideration client safety and that are commensurate with the nurse's educational preparation, experience, knowledge, and physical and emotional ability; <<<


The following could also apply:

>>>(h) Some conduct falls outside the definition of a minor incident and must be reported to a nursing peer review committee or to the Board. This includes: (1) conduct that ignores a substantial risk that exposed a patient or other person to significant physical, emotional or financial harm or the potential for such harm<<<


And this:

>>>The following unprofessional conduct rules are intended to protect clients and the public from incompetent, unethical, or illegal conduct of licensees. The purpose of these rules is to identify behaviors in the practice of nursing that are likely to deceive, defraud, or injure clients or the public. Actual injury to a client need not be established. These behaviors include but are not limited to:

. . . (4) Conduct that may endanger a client's life, health, or safety.<<<

And:

>>>(b) Functions. The board shall perform the following functions as outlined in Texas Occupations Code chapters 301, 303, and 304. . . .
(4) Discipline violators through appropriate legal action to enforce the Nursing Practice Act and rules and regulations.


And, here's the kicker:

>>>(e) The Board may, upon the finding of a violation, enter an order imposing one or more of the following disciplinary actions, with or without probationary stipulations:

. . . (9) Revocation of the person's license or permit;<<<

 

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