Physicians, just glorified merchants?

BusinessWeek stirs the pot asking whether doctors deserve respect owed to benevolent professionals.

Predictably, the lawyer rails on doctors saying that medicine has been turned into a business, with doctors being unduly influenced by economics.

The other side plays the knowledge card, contending that doctors deserve respect after undergoing such grueling training.

The lawyer is the one who is right.

Medicine is a business and medical students are indeed picking lucrative fields with money and lifestyle influencing their decisions.

But he makes the classic mistake of blaming the players, not the game.

Physicians have simply adapted to the rules given to them. Given a choice, many doctors would long for the old days where medicine was a far more benevolent profession.

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