Paying for Informed Consent
Fetters, Michael D.
Journal of Medical Ethics. 2000 Jun; 26(3): 212-214.
The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare has implemented a policy of paying physicians to explain the nature of the patient's medical condition and the treatment plan. We describe the precepts of this policy and examine ethical dimensions of this development. We question whether this policy will be sufficient to ensure patients will have the opportunity to become informed participants in medical decision making. The policy also raises a broader philosophical question as to whether informed consent is a fundamental ethical requirement of all doctor-patient encounters or an option that can be exercised by physicians for financial gain. The impact of this policy in Japan merits continued observation from abroad.
Competence; Consent; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Disclosure; Health; Health Insurance; Hospitals; Incentives; Informed Consent; Insurance; National Health Insurance; Nature; Nurses; Patient Admission; Patient Care; Patient Discharge; Patients; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Public Policy; Remuneration;