Retainer Medicine: Ethical or Not?


Some might argue that these “highly ethical physicians” aren’t so highly ethical by practicing retainer medicine. One ethical framework would suggest if all physicians just practiced retainer medicine, there would not be nearly enough physicians to go around. In that framework, retainer medicine would be viewed as unethical.


If retainer physicians are unethical, then what about physicians who quit seeing patients entirely and enter medical administration. What about any variety of subspecialists?

Upon further reflection we should learn from this ongoing entrepreneurial experiment. Why are patients choosing to spend moneys on retainer medicine? I believe patients are smart. They are tired of the relative inattention that most physicians can provide.

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