Doctors Should Not Be Allowed to Do Both Private and NHS Work
Press release from the British Medical Journal.
"Private medicine encourages doctors to make decisions based on profit rather than on need."
Editor's note: The Stark law provision, which allowed nephrologists to refer patients to dialysis clinics that they owned, should be considered a disaster for US dialysis patients. Nephrologists built thousands of dialysis clinics and herded millions of patients into short, fast, cheap, iatrogenic dialysis treatments — therapy and an environment they would never choose for themselves or their own family members. For several decades, US nephrologists have been awful, ineffectual patient advocates and they will never function effectively in that role until this destructive financial disincentive is ended or radically changed.