The Nonprofiteer is shocked, shocked! that some medical centers are asking doctors to help secure donations by wealthy patients. Because after all, with every possible medical need met by our current system, why should hospitals even think about getting additional money?
What's that you say? There are still unmet needs? Then asking people who have benefited from exceptional care to make sure it's available to others is no more shocking than asking alumni who've benefited from exceptional education to make sure that's available to others.
So much of philanthropy involves these nonsensical pretenses: that we're "friend-raising" rather than "fund-raising," that we're all too high-minded to think about money. The Nonprofiteer has never understood it and never will. Unless and until social needs are adequately met by the public sector, we'll have to ask for support from the private sector; and when we do, who better to ask than its beneficiaries?
It's hard to imagine that's more unethical than asking poor people to go without care because we're too dainty to mention the inequality of resources glaring us in the face.