There has been some discussion lately about the economics and business of Medicine and some of the ethical & moral issues surrounding this. Oftentimes, these issues get lost in all the rhetoric.
In my POV, I don't think the debate is over whether doctors should make a lot of money from their profession. I don't begrudge highly skilled surgeons and well-respected, knowledgeable physicians earning large amounts of money for services rendered in practising good solid Medicine. Many have & still do make a lot of money for much needed services mostly in the private sector, to cater to people who can afford it (hopefully!).
I think most of us in the medical community have no qualms about denouncing the doctors who prescribe addictive drugs like benzodiazapines or Subutex or codeine-containing cough mixtures inappropriately. This is clear-cut inethical behaviour.
However, when doctors start to perform aesthetic procedures on teenagers, prescribe weight loss medicine to non-obese patients, or order a gamut of largely unneccessary tests under the auspices of Health Screening, I start to wonder at the motives of these "healers". I don't feel comfortable with doctors pandering to the vanity of the masses, the way they do now, with the numerous ads one sees in various publications expounding the availability of aesthetic services. They have become glorified beauticians. The LASIK procedure is also being aggressively promoted (not as bad as in the US but still...), and now that the competition is heating up, I wonder about the decision making process both for the doctors (in patient selection) and for the patients (same day service - eye assessment + procedure done on the same day...does that leave time for the patient to actually go home and think through this???).
It is all these gray areas which we should question ourselves about.