More evidence of referral for profit

February 4, 2011

If you own a specialty hospital or an outpatient center, you’ve got to pay for it right? Even at the expense of unnecessary surgeries. Don’t take if from me. Read the data. Here’s yet another example of kickback behavior. Jean Mitchell, PhD demonstrates this in here 2010 study. Here’s here conclusion:

“The consistent finding of higher use rates by physician owners across time clearly suggests that financial incentives linked to ownership of either specialty hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers influence physicians’ practice patterns.”

The reference: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20713924

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