Medical professionalism in the modern era
Medicine as social contract. There has been dramatic transformation in medicine over the last several decades, from the private independent practitioner to the organization of a common group of physicians, to a corporate group of physicians, often employed by hospitals and systems. Medicine has also seen the introduction of entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate executives. No matter where or how they are employed, physicians are obligated to adhere to an ethical ideal and professional values that focus on providing care in the best interest of patients.
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