Here's an ethics question!

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    Sep 25, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    SO, this came up the other day with a colleague.

    Is it okay to repossess a child's hearing aids due to non-payment when they are working well for communication habilitation?

    I'll give you the board's decision in a bit.
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 25, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    It is a cruel act; the business could perhaps consider a charity. But a business needs to be profitable.
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    Sep 25, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    hauptstimme saidSO, this came up the other day with a colleague.

    Is it okay to repossess a child's hearing aids due to non-payment when they are working well for communication habilitation?

    I'll give you the board's decision in a bit.



    A bit sparse on information to fully determine an "ethics" question.
    Also a bit sparse on information to fully determine if there is any legal standing to repossess the items.

    However, from the standpoint of protecting the brand and reputation of an organization, it would be a very poor risk management decision to repossess a medical device from a child.

    Whatever "upside" there might be is more than countered by the tremendous downside potential of damage to brand and reputation with cascading impacts from the customer/donor base.

    A board of directors is responsible to legal and moral owners and should make decisions that are in the best interests of all owners present and future.
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    Sep 25, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    and the board of directors deemed it unethical...
    The kid remains with the hearing aidicon_smile.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    Sep 25, 2010 11:47 AM GMT
    Good! Win/Win for everyone involved!