This chapter will discuss the evolution of America’s public health services.
The potential problem with a deontological approach in ethical decision-making is its abuse by people in power. People may have the ability to manipulate the system without consequences by using absolute rules or predetermined moral codes. For example, someone in a managerial position may be able to justify unethical behavior as “the right thing” if it aligns with their particular moral code. Also, such a diagnosis doesn’t take into account emotions and feelings of the person evaluating the action. This could cause unfair decisions to be made. This approach can also lead to inefficient solutions because it focuses on following established rules and ignores the consequences.
Finally, due to its black-and-white nature and refusal to consider context or amendability depending on the situation at hand, a deontological approach can sometimes lead people astray from what really matters – achieving justice and fairness for all parties involved. Individuals who stay true to tradition may be unable to learn and grow from experience.