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GUIMARAES, Reinaldo. Moral dilemmas and health practices. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2013, vol.47, n.2, pp.425-429. ISSN 0034-8910.

The emergence of moral dilemmas in health care practices, in view of the rapid demographic transition in developing countries, and skyrocketing public health care costs, is discussed. The focus is on two aspects of health care that have occupied an important place in the generation of these dilemmas. On the one hand, the tension between commercial strategies involving the health products market and the expansion of access to them and, on the other, the growth of techno-sciences in health care practices. In conclusion, the importance of the political, social and juridical arbitration on the ethical codifi cation of those dilemmas and the role of a Democratic State of Law in that arbitration is discussed.

Keywords : Conflict (Psychology); Morale; Bioethical Issues; Public Health Practice; Biomedical Technology, ethics.

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