Should Physicians Serve the State or Their Patients?

Clare Gray, M.D. of Physicians for Reform talks with Michael Ostrolenk about the long history of this philosophical debate which is not unique to our present time. Plato and Hippocrates argued about the proper role of medicine in the 4th Century B.C. and the fundamental question was the same then as it is today: “What is more important, the good of the individual or the good of the state”? Should physicians serve the state’s financial interests or be an advocate for their patients’ wellbeing?  Click on play below to listen to Dr. Gray outline this debate.