Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Authors Suggest Doctors Must Disclose if Cancer Patients Can Get Better Care Elsewhere

The NYT discusses an article in the online journal PLoS Medicine, in which the authors argue that "as part of the informed-consent process, doctors have an ethical obligation to tell patients if they are more likely to survive, be cured, live longer or avoid complications by going to Hospital A instead of Hospital B. And that obligation holds even if the doctor happens to work at Hospital B, and revealing the truth might mean patients will take their business someplace else."

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