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Consumer Organization Calls for End to Physician Self-Referral
Date:3/14/2008

gins, leaving the more complex, uninsured and underinsured patients at the full service hospitals.

4. Most physician-owned hospitals lack adequate emergency care facilities. The Government Accountability Office reported that nearly two-thirds of all physician-owned hospitals instruct their staff to call 911 in the event of a life-threatening emergency; while about the same number do not have a licensed doctor on staff during all hours of operation.

Johnson concludes, "Physicians should not be in a position to mix the medical needs of patients with their own financial interests," and implores "all members of Congress to pass legislation eliminating this conflict of interest and holding physician-owned specialty hospitals accountable in the same ways community hospitals are now."

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