Econintersect: Ethical dilemmas involving money, patients, and romance arise regularly throughout a physician’s career. The way physicians choose to deal with them reflects each doctor’s individual values and personality, which sometimes may be at odds with the rigorous standards of the profession. More than 21,000 physicians told Medscape how they feel about medicine’s most critical issues, including more than 17,000 US physicians and almost 4000 European physicians. This report, prepared by Leslie Kane, MA, covers US physicians’ responses.
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Some things that may surprise you: For the first time more than half of all U.S. physicians think that physician assisted suicide should be allowed without restrictions and only 31% think it should not be allowed under any circumstances. And nearly 1/4 of all doctors will hide from a patient information about a terminal diagnosis.