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Opinion 2.09 - Costs

While physicians should be conscious of costs and not provide or prescribe unnecessary medical services, concern for the quality of care the patient receives should be the physician’s first consideration. This does not preclude the physician, individually or through medical or other organizations, from participating in policy-making with respect to social and economic issues affecting health care. (I, VII)

Issued March 1981; Updated June 1994 and June 1998; Updated December 2003.