There are some cases where little white lies benefit the patient, but there are others where it's not so easy. Ordering the wrong tests or unnecessary tests means the insurance company is billed for procedures that weren't warranted and the physician is reimbursed for these expenses. Additionally, when doctors play a hunch and order the incorrect test, there's always the possibility that the results will not confirm the suspected diagnosis and then it may be harder to order the correct, more time-consuming, test because there's no backing for the suspected diagnosis.
The question then becomes two-fold. Should doctors continue to act in such a manner? And should this behavior be openly taught to medical students so that it continues throughout the next generation? Medical students learn by watching their superiors and emulating them. When they are shown that little white lies to get around medical rules is acceptable, they are more apt to do the same. However, this has the potential to put the patient, the physician, and the entire medical industry in danger. There are rules for a reason, but sometimes these rules prevent swift action for the patient. What is the best solution?