"Boutique" Practice for Medical Doctors (Case 11)

Title"Boutique" Practice for Medical Doctors (Case 11)
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsConnolly, P, Althaus, RA, Bellon, C, Brinkman, A, Skipper, RB
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Publication Languageeng
AbstractDr. Lyle Johnson has become increasingly unsatisfied with his medical practice. Insurance reimbursement for seeing his family practice patients has changed over the past decade so that he needed to spend more hours working, and to see more patients to maintain his income, leading to him having to discourage conversations with his patients, and missing time with his family. He is looking into setting up a "boutique"practice where by paying a "membership" fee, patients are guaranteed same-day or next-day appointments, easy access to doctors, and other perks. The membership fee would cover the revenue lost by not seeing as many patients. However, Dr. Johnson also worries about the fact that he would be forcing patients who could not afford the fee to find other doctors, and felt he had a moral obligation to serve the health needs of indigent members of his community.
NotesCase from the 2008 Ethics Bowl National Championship. Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, 2008. http://www.indiana.edu/~appe/ethicsbowl.html
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