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Opinion 6.021 - Financial Incentives to Patients for Referrals

Physicians should not offer financial incentives or other valuable considerations to patients in exchange for recruitment of other patients. Such incentives can distort the information that patients provide to potential patients, thus distorting the expectations of potential patients and compromising the trust that is the foundation of the patient-physician relationship. (I, II, VIII)

Issued December 2004 based on the report "Financial Incentives to Patients for Referrals," adopted June 2004