Cost containment forces physicians into ethical and quality of care compromises

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 10 (3):231-238 (1989)

Abstract
Contemporary cost containment measures ignore patients' need for privacy, destroy long-term doctor-patient relationships, and demand ethical and standard of care compromises.Economic considerations have distracted the physician and he/she no longer focuses primarily on the patient's welfare. The superficiality of the doctor-patient relationship and the cost-cutting efforts have jointly contributed to the deterioration of the quality of medical care.
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