Commercialization of medical practice

Other Names:
Self-serving investment practices of doctors
Privatization of medical services

In the last decade, doctors have formed thousands of partnerships and joint ventures to which they refer patients for X-rays, laboratory services, outpatient surgery and medical equipment. These encourage the overuse of expensive medical services and procedures.


In the USA, no more than 40% of a business may be owned by doctors or hospitals in a position to refer patients to the enterprise, and no more than 40% of the revenue may come from referrals by such investors.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST