Medical ethics and the payment of fees before treatment
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.
David McQuoid-Mason, University of KwaZulu-Natal
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.
Date submitted: 2011-08-11
Date published: 2011-11-01
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