Unlike most episodes, this one has no deliberate killing. Instead, doctors Mark Sloan and Jesse Travis refuse to accept the grave medical consequences -such as medically irresponsible delays and refusal of necessary therapy- for non-affluent patients of the virtually exclusive medical circuits (ambulance, treatment facilities etc.) imposed by so-called HMOs, a type of medical insurance, which puts medical staff in an impossible position between budget-orientated rules, malpractice claims and Hippocratic conscience. A few fatal cases lead to law-suits and an arbitration procedure with serious financial stakes. Written by
Did You Know?
The title refers to the Latin phrase "primum non nocere" which translates as "First, do no harm" and is the basic ethics pronciple taught to medical students and the intend of the phrase is used in the medical Hippocratic Oath. See more