Business Ethics and the Greek Healthcare System

Business Ethics and the Greek Healthcare System

Vaitsa Giannouli (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 28
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2650-6.ch005

Abstract

This chapter provides a review not only of classic literature on healthcare business and ethics, but also an introduction to the legal changes in the Greek healthcare system with ethical values on focus. A study examining in both a quantitative and qualitative way what the Greek healthcare experts think and feel about ethics and healthcare services presents the factors that shape attitudes towards ethical values from the viewpoint of the healthcare professionals. For this reason, 34 semi-structured interviews, accompanied by the administration of perceived cohesion scale, generalized immediacy scale, job affect scale, state anxiety inventory, Maslach burnout inventory, and the attitude towards business ethics questionnaire revealed that healthcare professionals do have knowledge of ethical values and moral responsibility, but no clear connections with specific emotional aspects were found. The chapter concludes with future directions on how business ethics can be further examined and applied.
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Healthcare Business And Ethical Values In Modern Societies

The business activities of people render necessary the achievement of prosperity for the maintenance of societies (Carroll & Buchholtz, 2014; Wartenberg, 2011). Companies are not separate 'entities' and are probably directly influenced by developments in the social and economic environment. Thus, business organizations of all sizes depend on the attitudes, values and the internalized and externalized behavior of their shareholders, their employees, investors, consumers and the government/s of the country or countries in which they operate, which could lead to diversity in terms of attitudes and perceptions of ethical values (Biron, 2010; Liu & Lin, 2016; Peppas & Peppas, 2000; Segon & Booth, 2013; Valentine & Barnett, 2003; van Auken, 2016).

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