About time

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “Five sen­a­tors seek in­ves­ti­ga­tion of do­cowned busi­ness,” Mod­ern­Physi­cian.com, June 9: It’s about time that a bi­par­ti­san group is tak­ing an in­ter­est in this area, which is one of the lead­ing causes of es­ca­lat­ing med­i­cal costs and un­nec­es­sary pro­ce­dures. Arnold Rel­man called physi­cians out on this two decades ago in the New Eng­land jour­nal of Medicine. As physi­cians, we should only be paid for our pro­fes­sional ad­vice, opin­ions and ac­tions, and we should not be al­lowed to profit from those de­ci­sions at the ex­pense of pa­tients and so­ci­ety.

Paul Kaye Hud­son River Health­Care

Peekskill, N.Y.

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