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Medical ethics and the payment of fees before treatment

David McQuoid-Mason

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Whether it is ethically acceptable for doctors to require payment of fees before treatment depends on interpretation of the ethical rules of the profession, the circumstances of the doctor-patient relationship, the urgency of the patient’s need for treatment, and whether refusal to treat before payment represents abandonment of a patient.

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David McQuoid-Mason, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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Medical ethics, payment of fees, refusal to treat, doctor-patient relationship, emergency medical treatment, abandonment of patients

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(11):798-799.

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Date submitted: 2011-08-11
Date published: 2011-11-01

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