VIP Patients: The Good, The Bad, The Iatrogenic?

Dr. Johnson passed along an interesting NY Times article this morning critiquing the notion of VIP patients in US hospitals. The practice of ‘concierge hospitalization’ is widespread at large medical centers and raises interesting questions regarding equality in medicine. Paying for amenities such as private rooms, gourmet food or high thread-count sheets is thought to be harmless by most physicians. However, if VIP status affects the quality of care rendered, serious ethical questions come into play. Read the attached article and see what you think.