Conflicts of interest. Profits and problems in physician referrals.

  title={Conflicts of interest. Profits and problems in physician referrals.},
  author={E Haavi Morreim},
  volume={262 3},
Increasing numbers of physicians are investing in outpatient facilities to which their own patients may be referred. These investments raise ethical questions about conflicts of interest, leading to consideration of physician income over patient welfare, and to overbilling of payors. There have been calls for legislation prohibiting physicians altogether from investing in health facilities or from referring patients to facilities in which they have a financial interest. Morreim believes that… CONTINUE READING

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