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November 1994

Are Dermatologists Greedy?-Reply

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2525 NW Lovejoy Portland, OR 97210

Arch Dermatol. 1994;130(11):1452-1453. doi:10.1001/archderm.1994.01690110122028

In reply to the many letters and telephone calls that came my way as a result of my article ''Are Dermatologists Greedy?''1 I wish, first, to declare I bear no animus towards dermatologists. Second, yes, I believe there are greedy psychiatrists. Then, most important, thank you for your courage, which has not been demonstrated by a number of other editors of prestigious medical journals, in opening the pages of the Archives to a discussion of the critical problem of physician greed.

Many reader responses make the point of how unrealistic it is to arbitrarily set fees. I agree and was, perhaps, clear enough in my suggestions for possible measures of income. The intention is not to limit income but to develop a functional socioeconomic scale, a thermometer, to measure for any indication of a fever of greed in members.

Dr Silver focuses on the importance of motivation in charging fees

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