In order to gain access to the patient to run a CT scan, Dr. House tells Dr. Chase to gain permission from the CDC officials to conduct a neuroencephalograph.  Since the latter is risky technology, Dr. House expects the CDC to compromise by giving permission for the CT scan instead.

1. Is a “bait and switch,” as depicted in this scene, morally equivalent to a lie? If not, is it still a form of deception or at least misleading in some sense?

2. To what extent is the notion of trust among doctors compromised by the actions of House in this scene?

3. Why is it important to maintain an environment of trust in the hospital?