Financial Incentives for Doctors

British Medical Journal, Vol. 328, p. 1328, 2004

2 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2007

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Marc A. Rodwin

Suffolk University Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Abstract

This article argues that incentives for doctors have their place when used to promote appropriate goals such as furthering high quality medicine, patient centered care, and efficient use of resources. The difficulty, however, is to avoid or minimize the perverse side effects of incentives. That goal requires careful use of incentives, evaluation of their effect, and a fair dose of skepticism. Health policy makers in much of the world today embrace uncritically the use of incentives for doctors, ignoring their problems and risks. Instead they should treat incentives like drugs - a powerful product that can be beneficial but also dangerous.

Suggested Citation

Rodwin, Marc A., Financial Incentives for Doctors. British Medical Journal, Vol. 328, p. 1328, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1017152

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