Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
How does a conscientious, competent, ethical surgeon know what to tell a family when damaging mistakes have occurred . . . recognize being too old to operate safely . . . act as both a patient advocate and a "gatekeeper" . . . deal with an insurance company's denials of coverage that are unreasonable and unjustified or with inadequately reimbursed care . . . handle a colleague who acts out in the operating room . . . respond when another surgeon abuses the trust of a family by doing an operation that is not indicated? These are tough ethical questions.
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