- Apr 19, 2012
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Hi there! I'm currently a pre-med and have lurked around here for a bit. I am working on a philosophy paper, and wanted to get your opinion on the topic of altruism in medicine. I notice that there is a lot of emphasis on altruism, and how it is absolutely essential for a doctor to have it. I see lots of premeds at my school that are looking to make money, are volunteering for the purpose of pleasing admissions, etc. Don't get me wrong, they are good people, but they don't come off as altruistic. Even beyond the undergraduate institution, medical care is not free in this country. If you are unable to pay for treatments, you will be denied access! There are also under-served populations that continue to be under-served. If doctors are altruistic in this country, why is this the case? Please help! I know you can help me greatly with this paper.