by Reuben Guttman and Traci Buschner, Partners at Guttman Buschner & Brooks, PLLC*
**This is part of ACSblog's Symposium on Whistleblowers.
For centuries, the integrity of healthcare delivery has been premised on the words "first do no harm" which - though not technically part of the Hippocratic Oath - seem to find their origin in teachings of the Greek Physician, Hippocrates, who lived more than two millennia ago. Whatever the origin, it is a phrase which views healthcare delivery through the eyes of the physician; the presumptive gatekeeper of healthcare delivery.
Today, it is true that physicians are still the gatekeepers. Yet, the swing of their gate is now subject to influences that are beholden to money and not medicine.