Dr. House asks Dr. Foreman to tell CDC officials that the patient has meningocaucus, a deadly and rapidly moving disease, to gain access to the patient to run tuberculosis tests.
1. What role should the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and other government agencies play in regulating the activity of doctors? In which cases is such regulation warranted?
2. Is there a morally relevant difference between acting in accordance with regulations, and acting out of respect for them? How would you characterize such a distinction, and which of the two is House doing in this scene?
3. Is it ever ethically permissible for a doctor to side-step such regulations, or use loop-holes, in order to follow his or her judgment and intuition regarding the patient’s condition?