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March 1, 1884

Bidding for Practice and Underbidding.

JAMA. 1884;II(9):240. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390340016005

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—A correspondent at Charleston, Mo., requests an answer to the two following questions through the pages of the Journal:

1st. "Is it professional for a physician to propose to the authorities of a city or county to do the pauper practice of such city or county for a period of one year for a stated amount? "

2d. " If a physician had a contract of the kind just mentioned, would it be ethical for another to propose to the authorities for a sum less than the one having it, he knowing what the other was receiving for said work? ' '

While the National Code of Ethics contains no direct statement or rule regarding what has been called " contract practice," or offering to attend the sick poor of a city or county for a specified sum, the National Association has several times taken such action as would answer both the above questions in

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