Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Jessica Flanagan
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.
Sobieski, John, "The moral price of the profit motive in medicine" (2016). Honors Theses. 952.