Author(s)May, William E.
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Physician Patient Relationship
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AbstractOrganized medicine has been urged to take a firmer stand in declaring physician participation in the business aspects of medicine to be unethical. The author maintains that physicians must adjust to new realities and reassert control over medical care and compensation. Passive acceptance of the role of physician-employee may result in loss of the ability to respond to patients' needs, while involvement in business may allow physicians to use their positions for patient advocacy and to fund improved care or to increase compensation lost to discounted fees. Physicians must be active in developing new health care services and businesses to insure quality and avoid loss of control; organized medicine must have faith in professional integrity. (KIE abstract)
JAMA. 1986 Oct 3; 256(13): 1786-1787.