Patients' Rights and Physician Accountability: Problems With PSROs
Veatch, Robert M.
Bioethics Quarterly. 1981 Fall/Winter; 3(3/4): 137-155.
Professional Standards Review Organizations (PSRO's) were established by federal legislation in 1972 to provide a mechanism for review, by locally-established groups of physicians, of the quality and appropriateness of care received by patients under Medicare or Medicaid. The author explores four normative problems associated with PSRO's: the problem of bureaucracy incapable of responding to individual needs; the problem of cost consciousness overcoming the commitment to quality; the problem of interfering with other societal values and goals; and the problem of value judgments being made by professionals rather than patients. (KIE abstract)
Accountability; Conflict of Interest; Consciousness; Costs and Benefits; Economics; Federal Government; Goals; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Care; Legislation; Organizations; Patient Care; Patient Participation; Patients; Patients' Rights; Peer Review; Physicians; Professional Standards; Regulation; Resource Allocation; Review; Rights; Standards; Values;
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