Medicine-Law Debate: Remuneration

The Medicine-Law Debate marked the end of the Inaugural Medicine-Law Challenge 2008, where the two faculties of NUS offering professional degrees tested their physical, mental and verbal skills against each other in soccer, rugby, floorball and debate.

Overall, Medicine wins with 3 wins to Law’s 2, but who wins and who loses doesn’t really matter. It’s more a matter of increasing interaction between the two faculties’ students and reviving a partnership that used to exist (or so J. hears, but don’t quote him on that, y’hear?)

Back to the subject at hand. The subject of the debate was [roughly] “This house believes that it is dangerous for society to pay its lawyers more than its doctors.

Pfft… when J. heard the topic, he almost puked blood. It would have been very amusing for the lawyers to be on the proposition, don’t you think? Unfortunately, the hapless medicine team set off to defend this indefe… well… difficult topic against the faculty of law.

You see, the medical debaters set themselves up as altruistic beings and argued that the right to justice was one of the pillars of democracy and money-grubbing lawyers getting too much money would cause the man in the street to lose out.

One issue that bothered J. was the lack of response by the medicine speakers to the baseless charge that the Nepalese twins in 2003 could not afford and had to raise money for the operation to separate them… money that went to pay the money-grubbing doctors? What? The team of professionals performing the surgery waived their charges. Raffles Hospital absorbed the other costs.

There was one highlight during the audience round. One Law student, standing at the microphone, was directing a question to the Medical side, when he said,

“That would lead to us being as relaxed as the US on… what’s that world ah… -looks at his fellow Law members-… ” [They look at him blankly, then mouth the word] “Litigation!”

Hahaha! J. could see the lawyers (actual ones, not just students) and law professors sitting one row down from him shaking their heads and putting their hands to their foreheads. It’s like a doctor saying, “Hmm… don’t worry, your illness will get better. I’ll just give you some… um… um… what’s that word? Right… medication!”

Regardless, the faculty of medicine had its ass handed to it on a plate. Nonetheless, the debate’s purpose was served. To promote interaction, to provide entertainment and to give food for thought. J. met and spoke to a couple of friends from national service who had shown up, including one who was one of the debaters for the law faculty. All in all, it was a good debate.

Let’s see if the tradition continues, eh?


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