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Health Facility Ownership by Physician

The WSMA believes a physician may own or have a financial interest in a for-profit health facility, nursing home, or other health facility, such as a free-standing surgical center or emergency clinic. However, the physician has an affirmative ethical obligation to disclose his/her ownership of a health facility to his/her patient, prior to admission or utilization. (JC 4.04-87) (Reaffirmed A-17)

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Abbreviations for House of Delegates report origination:

EC – Executive Committee; BT – Board of Trustees; CPA – Council on Professional Affairs; JC – Judicial Council; CHS – Community and Health Services

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