Physicians, Entrepreneurism and the Problem of Conflict of Interest
Green, Ronald M.
Theoretical Medicine. 1990 Dec; 11(4): 287-300.
This paper examines the ethical issues of conflict of interest raised by the burgeoning development of physician involvement in for-profit entrepreneurial activities outside their practice. After documenting the nature and extent of these activities, and their potential for conflicts of interest, the paper assesses the major arguments for and against physicians' referral of patients to facilities they own or in which they invest. The paper concludes that an outright ban on such activity seems ethically warranted.
Conflict of Interest; Disclosure; Economics; Entrepreneurship; Ethics; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Facilities; Health Maintenance Organizations; Hospitals; Industry; Medicine; Moral Policy; Nature; Organizations; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Proprietary Health Facilities; Public Policy; Regulation; Review; Risks and Benefits; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Statistics; Trust;
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