As we’re barreling along toward Jan. 1 and the full implementation of Obamacare, it seems that questions of ethics are embedded in just about every discussion of the practice of medicine and how it will change in the coming years. San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club asked me to explore the issue recently by moderating a discussion featuring three prominent Bay Area physicians that the club had invited to participate.
The formal title of the event was “Improving the Ethics and Practice of Medicine,” but pretty quickly money came right into play.
He talked about “appropriate stewardship” of limited resources in considering both the health of the individual and the health of broader populations. Continue reading