Sometimes, covering healthcare as a journalist seems more like covering the police blotter.
Let's be clear that medicine is a noble profession, practiced by highly trained professionals, the vast majority of whom are dedicated to their healing mission. Nonetheless, in the last few weeks, there has been a rash of high-profile incidents -- some of them criminal -- that shine a light on an unsavory corner of the healthcare sector.
Consider these recent headlines:
So, what's going on here? Is healthcare in the midst of a crime wave, or some other sort of moral failings? I don't believe so. It is fair to say, however, that healthcare professionals should never – if they ever did – consider their industry immune, exempt, or protected from the problems of the larger society.
In fact, one could argue that no other industry more accurately reflects the population it serves, warts and all.