As a physician-misbehavior researcher, I can assure you there is nothing new in these findings, although it is excellent to see previous studies supported by more recent evaluations.
Healthcare is rife with opportunity for abuse
Unfortunately, medicine as carried out in our country is by and large fertile ground for dishonesty, outright theft, fraud and considerably worse. Over the past nine years I have accumulated well over 11,000 cases of serious physician misbehavior, and often the more outrageous antics come about after years of “entitlement” mentality, such as just those described in the article.
Regardless of where one sits on the national healthcare debacle, the sad fact is no one on either side is willing to admit that 50 M.D.s each and every week of the year are found guilty of serious misbehavior. No other profession in America comes close to these appalling numbers, and the disease process—as is so often the case—often starts “small,” such as the inherent conflict of interest in a physician referring patients to his own specialty service.
Regretfully, physicians as a group have managed to bring much of the wrath of outside discipline on themselves. It didn’t have to be this way.
K. Patrick McDonaldConsultant, speaker and authorRedlands, Calif.
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