I think that it is ethical for the medicine and health care to be a business. I think that the advancements in medicine and the health care system are due to the fact that they are striving for profits. I think that if they didn't believe in capitalism, then there wouldn't be as much treatments as there are today.
Yes, it is ethical for medicine and health care to be a business, because it makes people work harder to provide good service. If people have to wait 2 hours to see a doctor, because there is no incentive to provide quick service, people will not be willing to go when they are sick.
A business model of medicine supports treatments as opposed to cures. After all, why make someone healthy when you can keep them marginally sick but alive? That approach guarantees a permanent revenue source. Market based medicine is sick, pun intended! Besides, you see too many doctors who are only in medicine for the money.
The US has an epidemic of obesity, and health problems like ADD, chemical sensitivities, and autism are on the rise. The health care as a business model is tied into this sick modern manifestation, which treats people as cogs in a machine, and profits from disease rather than creating a healthy society with healthy people. The model is flawed,and these flaws are a reflection of a larger cultural malaise.
It is not ethical for medicine and health care to be a business. Doctors should treat patients to help the community and society as a whole. Doctors who focus too much on money are not providing services as they should be. Medicine and health care should not be about profits.