Many people in the greater Philadelphia area rely on federal healthcare programs, like Medicare and Medicaid, to cover all or part of their needs for medical care. Many if not most other Pennsylvanians get their insurance through private companies who also front the money for medical care in exchange for premiums.
Doctors take an oath to do no harm in the execution of their professional duties. This can mean that they engage in different courses of treatment based upon the specific needs and wishes of their patients. Because they are licensed and bound to certain standards of conduct due to their important positions of trust, doctors can be severely penalized if they engage in activities that impact their reputations, characters, and fitness to do their jobs.
Many who enter the medical profession wish to ease the pain and suffering of the people that they treat. Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists may take special care to ensure that the individuals that they treat are provided with the best possible care so that they have good prognoses and chances for recovery. Pennsylvania residents benefit from this measured approach to care and the dedicated focus of their medical practitioners.
The scope of crimes covered in the federal laws of the nation is wide and inclusive. Federal charges can be based off of alleged drug use or possession, violent crimes involving assaults and murder and white collar crimes involving fraud and tax evasion. The crimes associated with these and many other federal laws have been deemed damaging to the public at large and therefore punishable by the courts of the nation.
Last week's post discussed the unfortunately commonplace issue of health care nurses becoming addicted to drugs and other banned substances due to the conditions of their work. However, nurses are not the only medical professions who may succumb to drug addictions and other problems. Just recently a doctor in Pittsburgh pleaded guilty to federal charges for his alleged involvement in the illegal distribution of drugs to non-patients.
Individuals who complete the rigors of medical school and who emerge from their post-graduate research and residencies are often asked to pass a battery of tests to demonstrate their knowledge and experience in the particular fields of medicine that they have chosen to pursue. If they are successful they may obtain licenses to practice medicine, which are necessary to find employment in hospitals, clinics and other medical centers throughout the state of Pennsylvania.