Professionalism cautions against profit while capitalism exists for profit. This case is a structural analysis of capitalism in a clinical setting that reveals physicians to be simultaneously wage laborers and professionals. Capitalism generates profit. Professionalism views profit as a conflict of interest that erodes trust in the doctor-patient relationship. Managing these conflicting values causes moral injury for physicians, which is a driver of physician burnout.
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MEZA JP, SOUFAN K, FRANCIS M, BERJAOUI A. Professionalism and moral injury in a capitalist healthcare system. Clin Res Prac. 2023;9(1):eP3281. https://doi.org/10.22237/crp/1688342460