Preventing Conflicts of Interest of NFL Team Physicians

Hastings Center Report, Vol. 46, No. 6, S35-S37, 2016

3 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2016

See all articles by Mark A. Rothstein

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: November 21, 2016

Abstract

National Football League (NFL) team physicians are selected and compensated by the individual teams to provide health care to the players and health status assessments for the teams. These dual responsibilities result in dual loyalties and entrenched conflicts of interest. In this regard, NFL clubs are in the same position as other employers who have an economic interest in the health of their employees and their ability to perform job-related functions. A structural change in the relationship is necessary to ensure that the privacy, autonomy, and health interests of the players are protected.

Keywords: Conflict of Interest, Football, Medical Examination, Medical Records, Physician-Patient Relationship

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Preventing Conflicts of Interest of NFL Team Physicians (November 21, 2016). Hastings Center Report, Vol. 46, No. 6, S35-S37, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2873825

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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