n South African Medical Journal - Medicine and the law : medical ethics and the payment of fees before treatment : forum
|Article Title||Medicine and the law : medical ethics and the payment of fees before treatment : forum|
|© Publisher:||Health and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)|
|Journal||South African Medical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Nov 2011|
|Pages||798 - 799|
Whether it is ethically acceptable for doctors to require payment of fees before treatment depends on interpretation of the ethical rules of the profession, the circumstances of the doctor-patient relationship, the urgency of the patient's need for treatment, and whether refusal to treat before payment represents abandonment of a patient.
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