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Committee Opinion No. 709 Summary: Commercial Enterprises in Medical Practice

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002227
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ABSTRACT Monetary reimbursement of physicians in exchange for medical advice and treatment is well established and accepted in medical practice. However, financial pressures and the pervasiveness of entrepreneurial values have led some physicians to widen the scope of activities for which they seek reimbursement. Some of these commercial activities are ethically problematic in the clinical setting. Obstetrician–gynecologists should strive to ensure that commercial enterprises in medical practice do not compromise the patient-focused mission of clinical care. In this Committee Opinion, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Ethics differentiates between commercial activities judged to be generally ethically appropriate for obstetrician–gynecologists and those that are not.

For a comprehensive overview of these recommendations, the full-text version of this Committee Opinion is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/AOG.0000000000002233.

Committee on Ethics: This Committee Opinion was developed by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Committee on Ethics in collaboration with committee member David I. Shalowitz, MD.

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Official Citation: Commercial enterprises in medical practice. Committee Opinion No. 709. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Obstet Gynecol 2017;130:e71–3.

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Received July 04, 2017

Accepted July 04, 2017

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