Jack Ginsburg, MPE
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Ginsburg J. Physicians and Joint Negotiations. Ann Intern Med. 2002;136:710-711. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-136-9-200205070-00023
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2002;136(9):710-711.
Dr. Glass highlights some of the thorny issues that ACP–ASIM struggled with in developing its position paper. The College recognized that it will be a major challenge for physicians to fulfill their individual and collective responsibilities for professionalism in the face of organized activity to negotiate collectively with managed care organizations and other third-party payers. The College felt strongly that as members of the medical profession, physicians have ethical responsibilities and obligations to patients that must limit the scope of negotiations and restrict physicians from engaging in activities, such as strikes or other organized actions, that would jeopardize patient care. Consequently, the College sought to differentiate between collective bargaining, which implies an adversarial relationship between unions and employers, and joint negotiations that would be limited primarily to issues that affect quality of and access to patient care. Determining which issues affect quality and access is, as Dr. Glass points out, extremely difficult.
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