Doctor Ethics Survey: What Would Your MD Do?
Lying to Insurance Companies
To make sure your insurance company covers your treatment, would your doctor exaggerate the severity of your condition -- or even lie about it?
Only 13% of doctors say they would, while another 12% said it would depend on the situation. An overwhelming 75% of doctors said they won't do it.
Dropping Patients Over Insurance
Would your longtime doctor stop accepting your insurance if your insurer didn't pay well enough?
Only 41% of doctors said they would not, while 27% said they would, and 32% said, "It depends."
Would your doctor give you treatments to keep you alive, even if such treatments had no chance of saving your life? Yes: 35%. No: 24%. It depends: 41%.
If your family said to end treatment, would your doctor keep on treating you if he or she thought you had a chance to recover? Yes: 23%. No: 32%. It depends: 42%.
Would doctors perform abortions "in certain situations" if it went against their personal beliefs? Most doctors (51%) said they would. But 36% said they would not, and 13% said it depends on the situation.
Treating Pain vs. Avoiding Addiction
Would your doctor undertreat your pain for fear you might become addicted to pain drugs?
Only 15% of doctors would go that far. Nearly two-thirds (65%) never would undertreat pain for that reason, while 20% said it depends on the situation.
If a pharmaceutical company sales representative took your doctor to lunch, could your doctor remain unbiased in his or her prescribing habits?
Yes, 72% of doctors said. But 20% said they could not claim to remain unbiased, and 8% said it depends on the situation.