Are IVF Risk-Sharing Programs Ethical?
Virtual Mentor, 6(1):17-23, 2014
8 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2015 Last revised: 31 Mar 2015
Date Written: 2014
Dr. Whipple is right to raise concerns about risk-sharing programs. However, these concerns can be alleviated by careful attention to informed consent, adherence to practice guidelines, and fair pricing structures. Clinics considering these programs must be especially vigilant in assessing whether their actions avoid conflicts of interest. Under such circumstances, risk-sharing programs may indeed be beneficial to both providers and patients — but only under such circumstances.
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