Friday, March 17, 2006

Physician, Divest Thyself (Article on Cleveland Clinic in American Journal of Bioethics)

From the American Journal of Bioethics:
Peter Levin and I penned the editorial in the current issue of AJOB on an issue that attracts more readers to this blog than most others: continuing controversy concerning Cleveland Clinic cardiovascular docs Eric Topol and Toby Cosgrove. Here's our take: Cleveland Clinic is among the world’s elite healthcare institutions, and is a major initiator of improvements in cardiac care. It also is one of the last healthcare institutions in the country still under the complete control of physicians. The Clinic’s CEO, cardiac surgeon Dr. Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, answers to no academic officer or faculty senate. The Cleveland Clinic stands for physician independence, and that is what is in jeopardy. Patients expect physicians to make judgments on treatment solely based on their needs and wishes, not on the economic interests of the physician...
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