The title of Dr Crawshaw's1 Issues in Dermatology piece (''Are dermatologists greedy?'') caught my attention. This soul-searching cannot come at a more poignant time for our profession, particularly in the United States as we are contemplating radical health care reform. This question is not new, however, and it has been addressed many times in medical as well as in nonmedical publications. What kind of person will invest 23 to 27 years and over $200 000 in education to start a business with frozen or falling fees for years to come? Certainly not a greedy one!
If I were confronted with the same question, my answer would have gone in a different path. Greed is not a crime in itself as long as there are no moral breaches; furthermore, I am not even sure it is bad to be greedy. The word greed is tainted by rejection and guilt, mostly
Santa Cruz DJ. Are Dermatologists Greedy?. Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(11):1451-1452. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690110118027