Incentives for incisions

The BBC are reporting that surgeons “could earn bonuses for successful operations”. Imperial College Healthcare Trust in London are said to be piloting such a scheme. The news has been greeted with general outrage on the BBC’s messageboard, and quite right too. The scheme presumes medical professionalism is dead. I don’t think it’s dead, but it is certainly in need of resuscitation and TLC – or at least a recognition and appreciation that the best doctors act out of the best interests of patients, not themselves.

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