Medicine: Fee-Splitting

As new president of the New York Academy of Medicine and hence a quasi-national personage, Dr. John Augustus Hartwell last week assumed boldness and denounced the profession's chronic evil— fee-splitting. The practice of medicine has become so complex that the general practitioner must usually call in a specialist for many services which formerly he did himself. The patient pays two fees, usually (in Manhattan and other large communities) $10 to the family doctor, $35 to the specialist. And usually the specialist secretly rebates a few dollars to the small doctor who called him into consultation....

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