Ethical and Legal Remedies to Over-Utilization of Health Care Resources
Verdirame, Karen M.
INTRODUCTION|As physicians began to invest in health care facilities for which they also generated referrals, public examination of the potential for conflict of interest began to take shape. Critics argued that self-referral arrangements necessarily create over-utilization of medical services resulting in increased costs. Although few physicians purposely refer patients to poor quality facilities, if a physician has an ownership interest in a facility, then that interest may have a subtle influence on the physician's decision regarding further treatment of the patient. Critics also argued that a physician has a conflict of interest between the legitimate medical needs of a patient and the potential for the financial gain of the physician. Advocates of physician ownership of health care entities argued that such business arrangements encourage competition, provide services to rural areas, and give much-needed quality control of medical service to physicians...
25 Creighton L. Rev. 1537 (1991-1992)
Creighton University School of Law