Author

John Sobieski

Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Leadership Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Jessica Flanagan

Abstract

The profit motive in medicine, which is the desire to maximize pecuniary profit as a primary motivation in patient care, is unethical. Regardless of whether the functional body outputting a medical profit motive is a physician, a group of physicians, or a large hospital, proper medical care should not be undermined by a desire for monetary gain. To say that medical care should not concern itself with money (i.e. costs, budgets) would be foolish; rather, I am asserting that treating medicine like any other business is disrespectful to the core values that predicate patient care. Human health is too important of a currency to be thrust into a system of financial modeling and cost/benefit analyses that aim to yield maximal gains; medical practitioners should be primarily motivated by maximizing patient health and wellness.

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