“Drive-by doctoring,” in which questionably necessary consultants generate hefty bills to patients or insurers, has recently been highlighted by the media as a growing problem in the United States. This term was recently used to brand an incident involving a $117 000 bill for an out-of-network intraoperative neurosurgery consultation during a routine neck surgery.1 The widespread response from the public and media has underscored the fact that this episode may not be uncommon.
Minami CA, Bilimoria KY. Separating the Need for Intraoperative Consultation From the Fear of Out-of-Network
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