Are doctors to be agents of their patients or agents of the state?

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Posted in category Medical Establishment

Dr. Jeffrey Singer, a surgeon, has published a fine article on Reason, “The Coming Medical Ethics Crisis,” and he explains how the government is destroying the ethics of the medical profession.

Medical students and residents are now being trained to follow federally-derived protocols and guidelines as a normal part of medical practice. As a result, this new generation of doctors will be less inclined to challenge the recommendations of federal task forces and agencies. Some academics also worry that “teaching to the protocol” might discourage independent thinking and the use of intuitive knowledge, two traits essential to the practice of good medicine.

…When the physician’s primary obligation is to satisfy the wishes of the payer—ultimately the wishes of the state—how can patients be truly confident in their doctors’ decisions?

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