Fees for Medical Services
Physicians should not recommend, provide or charge for unnecessary medical services.
Physicians must uphold their primary professional obligation of fidelity and their responsibility to treat all patients with courtesy, respect and dignity.
Transparency in Health Care
Physicians have an obligation to inform patients about all appropriate treatment options, including the risks and benefits of alternatives.
Conflicts of Interest in Patient Care
Under no circumstances may physicians place their own financial interests above the welfare of their patients.
Financial Barriers to Health Care Access
Physicians have an ethical responsibility to ensure that all persons have access to needed care regardless of their economic means.
Allocating Limited Health Care Resources
Physicians have a responsibility to contribute their expertise to developing allocation policies that are fair and safeguard the welfare of patients.
Defining Basic Health Care
Physicians, individually and collectively, should advocate for fair, informed decision making about basic health care.
Contracts to Deliver Health Care Services
Physicians have a fundamental ethical obligation to put the welfare of patients ahead of other considerations, including personal financial interests.
What motivates physicians--and how health care needs to change
Studies show physicians are more motivated by intrinsic values that uniquely define the profession rather than external values, such as financial rewards.A recent Viewpoint on professionalism discusses how the health care needs to change from one that is governed by burdensome financial regulations to one that gives physicians what they need to provide the highest quality care.