Antitrust and Medical Ethics
Hirsh, Bernard D.
JAMA. 1983 Nov 25; 250(20): 2759-2760.
Hirsh, formerly AMA General Counsel, describes recent court decisions which established the authority of the Federal Trade Commission to regulate the business side of professional practice. The American Medical Association and other professional societies have been held in violation of the Sherman Act for including in their ethical codes prohibitions intended to restrict competition. To survive challenge under the Sherman Act, Hirsh recommends the adoption of standards that promote professional education, quality health services, and informed consumer choice. (KIE abstract)