Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Doctors and Profit

Medicine is usually considered to be a noble profession. Hippocrates, the “father of medicine,” was the first to allude to the morality of the medical profession in the oath that he wrote, which is still widely used today as a model for physicians to follow. In the oath, Hippocrates emphasizes the sacrifices that doctors are expected to make for the good of others. But some people say that the nobility of the medical profession is disintegrating. Doctoring is no longer about self-sacrifice, but rather, about self-reward. With the average physician income in the United States at $218,000, it becomes difficult to defend the idea of medicine as a form of self-sacrifice. But is it morally wrong to make money off of other people’s health? To what extent should doctors be compensated for the sacrifices they make for us?

DATE CHANGE Join the Philosophy Discussion Group on Tuesday, April 4th at 7 p.m. in James Lobby as we explore this topic.

(Thanks to Diya and Lacey for preparing this topic.)