post by Paul Kelleher
Aaron Carrol reports and comments on a recent survey of primary care physicians:
Could it be that doctors might practice more aggressively because when they do, they make more? Well, only 3% believed that financial considerations could influence their own practice. Most, however, thought that other physicians would be affected by such things.
In addition to reminding me of Garrison Keillor's tag line about Lake Woebegone, I am reminded of this passage from Robert Frank's "Why Is Cost-Benefit Analysis So Controversial?":
Yet a potentially more worrisome aspect of the consequentialist position remains, which is that people who view their ethical choices in cost-benefit terms must also construct their own estimates of the relevant costs and benefits. The obvious concern is that their estimates will be self-serving. More than 90 percent of all drivers, for example, feel sure they are better than average. More than 99 percent of high-school students think they are above average in terms of their ability to get along with others. Ninety-four percent of college professors believe they are more productive than their average colleague.
[I deleted my final joke here. Don't worry, you didn't miss anything.]