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Should doctors charge doctors for medical services?

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6965.1318 (Published 19 November 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1318
  1. A Kenney

    Traditionally, doctors seeing other doctors, their wives, or their dependent children as private patients have charged no fee. Charging between professional colleagues has been regarded as undignified, unpleasant, and unseemly.

    In the days before comprehensive insurance, charges to patients were an appreciable burden, which doctors were reluctant to inflicit on their colleagues. The lack of a charge cements relationships and shows that the medical profession, unlike some other professions, refuses to bow to outside pressure to make it more financially aware and money driven. There is, however, increasing pressure to change this practice - not …

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