Spirituality in healthcare

Examining your personal values and beliefs. Include the following:
1) Describe your personal values and spiritual beliefs using catholic and Conservative views.
2) Using the elements of cost, quality, and social issues to frame your description,
differentiate your beliefs and opinions about health care policy. Give examples of relevant
ethical principles, supported by your values.
3) Analyze how factors such as your upbringing (family oriented), spiritual or religious
(catholic)beliefs/doctrine, personal and professional experiences, and political ideology
(conservative)affect your current perspective on health care policy.
4) Examine any inconsistencies you discovered relative to the alignment of your personal
values and beliefs with those concerning health policy. Discuss what insights this has given

Personal values and beliefs

The issue of spirituality is important in healthcare as it describes a person belief. It is the
person’s construct of the way they communally identify and honour as sacred. According to
Catholic beliefs, treatment and all medication are means of cooperating with the grace from
God, to enhance healing and also relief. This is why most of patients will integrate prayers
and religious rituals such as fasting and Holy Communion with treatment. We believe that we
are equal before the eyes of God, which prompts to the call of protecting human dignity and
rights. This is also the conservative the health policy should identify opportunities that can
help the communities eradicate health challenges and to remain self-reliant rather than relying
on government funds and provisions (Sorenson, Gusmano, & Oliver, 2013).
The health policy will be supported by most people in the USA if the policy supports
personal beliefs, social values, self-interest and ideologies. From my perspective, I am
largely dissatisfied with the current health policy. This is because very little reforms have
been done since the proposed Clinton health care policy. To start with, the insurance model
is done for the very unlikely events such that the insurance company are taking in than it is
paying out. Additionally, most of these public health programs are very expensive and only
few of the citizens can access quality care. This implies that the poor are left abandoned with
poor care or no care at all as the current distribution of the healthcare services are not

Personal values and beliefs
directly proportional to the medical demands of the community. The health policy is against
the ethics of care including Beneficence and justice (Sparer, 2011).
Having been brought up in low socioeconomic status, I have experienced disparities in
education and health care, which exacerbates the gaps between the rich and the poor. Most
people from these regions are exposed to unhealthy environments. The housing quality is
poor and people are increasingly being exposed to hazards associated with crowding and
noises. Poor healthcare have resulted to increased rates of chronic diseases such as asthma,
cardiovascular disorders, cancer, diabetes and obesity. However, these people are not well
represented in the health policy, making the issue deteriorate (Sorenson, Gusmano, & Oliver,
According to my catholic faith, human being must be respected. The concepts of human
rights are advocated by the Pope as we believe we are all children of God. The human
dignity must be protected to ensure that their freedom is secured. However, the health policy
doesn’t secure the basic needs of the community equitably, as the people with special needs
and the vulnerable are neglected by the policy. As a conservative, we believe that there is
need to focus on reduction of health inequalities, which will only occur through the
strengthening of the community at family level to reduce mortality from preventable diseases.
The health policy must be lead nationally, in order to link the advanced social psychology as
well as the behavioural economics (Sparer, 2011).
Therefore, the responsibility for quality health to the community is the government’s key
role, and the care must be decentralised to ensure that the local community are empowered
individually rather than being controlled by the central government. According to my
perspectives, the councils, independent healthcare providers must be supported in order to
reduce the health crisis such as teenage pregnancies, alcoholism and chronic illness
(Sorenson, Gusmano, & Oliver, 2013).

Personal values and beliefs
Sorenson, C., Gusmano, M., & Oliver, A. (2013). The Politics of Comparative Effectiveness
Research: Lessons from Recent History. Journal Of Health Politics, Policy And Law,
39(1), 139-170.
Sparer, M. (2011). Editor’s Note. Journal Of Health Politics, Policy And Law, 36(1), 1-4.

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