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June 23, 1906

FEE BILLS AND ANTI-TRUST LAWS.

JAMA. 1906;XLVI(25):1936. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.02510520040012

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Abstract

The attorney general of Kansas has given out an opinion, according to newspapers, that the mere organization of physicians and the giving out of a scale of fees is a violation of the antitrust laws of the state. Of course, this is merely one official's opinion, but it can be acted on as the law until the courts decide otherwise. We do not know the full facts of the case as regard the points submitted to the attorney general by the county attorney who raised the question, but his decision seems to be a broad one, covering all society fee bills. Ordinarily these are understood by the profession as simply the expression of what is a reasonable charge for the services rendered and as not limiting the physician's or surgeon's privilege to charge more or less according to the special circumstances of the case. How such could be a violation

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