Commercial forces & medicine

An opinion piece by Lipworth, Kerridge & Ghinea in The Conversation today: CommInsure scandal reminds us commercial forces are at play in medicine.

“In some cases, doctors might be employed by entities whose interests do not always align with those of patients. For example, doctors are employed by insurance companies, sporting clubs, prisons and refugee camps, as well as by many major companies as “occupational medicine” specialists. Even doctors employed in public and private hospitals have to balance their commitments to their patients against the demands of the organisation.”

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