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March 14, 1966

The Rights and Wrongs of Fee Splitting

JAMA. 1966;195(11):971-972. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100110139053

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To the Editor:—  "What Is Wrong With Fee Splitting" by Dr. Budd (195:117, 1966) excites my admiration for the study and research that went into its preparation.However, the question in my mind is whether we do not devote more time and energy than we should to this question. Might not our public get the idea that consideration of fees is one of our main objectives? Since I am not a surgeon or a general practitioner, rarely have cases to refer to a surgeon, and am not a member of the House of Delegates, perhaps I am as far removed as one can be, in private practice, from the effects of this question. Why not compare medical men with men in the legal profession? Suppose you have a legal problem. Attorney A does not handle your kind of work and so he directs you to B, who takes care

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