Diagnosis: Insufficient Outrage

By H. GILBERT WELCH     Op-Ed Contributor
Published: July 4, 2013 in The New York Times

HANOVER, N.H. — RECENT revelations should lead those of us involved in America’s health care system to ask a hard question about our business: At what point does it become a crime?

I’m not talking about a violation of federal or state statutes, like Medicare or Medicaid fraud, although crime in that sense definitely exists. I’m talking instead about the violation of an ethical standard, of the very “calling” of medicine.