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Council on Medical Service
October 5, 1964

Physician-Hospital Relations

JAMA. 1964;190(1):74-79. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070140080023

CURRENT AMA POLICY regarding relations of physicians and hospitals is set forth in statements adopted by the House of Delegates over many years. Nearly all reflect the profession's concern with what its relegation to the status of technicians would mean to the public in terms of quality of care rendered. Substitute an impersonal, machinelike coldness of corporate practice for the humane interest inherent in individual service and you destroy incentive and serve the public poorly, the House warned in 1930. In 1932 the House termed corporate profiteering from physicians' services "absolutely destructive of that personal responsibility and relationship which is essential to the best interests of the patient." And the 1951 statement on physician-hospital relations emphasized that to serve the "best interests of the patients" is the "primary obligation of both physician and hospital."

In June, 1949, the House adopted the Hess Committee Report which deemed it "unethical for any

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