Orthopaedic Ethics 10: Paying to Play

The topic of “playing to play”, in terms of a medical provider paying a financial incentive to gain the right to provide medical care to an amateur, collegiate, or professional sports team, has been recognized with increasing frequency. This topic has been brought to light both in the lay media as well as in various legal and medical writings dealing with medicolegal issues unique to the team physician. The practice does not appear to be quite as common today as it was ten years ago given the increased public scrutiny of such arrangements, as well as the team’s players questioning their administrators true motivation for selecting a specific medical staff to provide care.

Module content created by Matthew J. Matava, MD of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Learning Objectives:

Identify the ethical implications of financial relationships with athletic teams
Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various partnership agreements involving orthopaedic groups, hospital systems, and athletic teams
Comprehend the importance of maintaining sound ethical principles when considering a financial relationship involving an athletic team
Understand an orthopaedic surgeon’s ethical right to fair and reasonable compensation for providing medical care to an individual or group

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This activity was orginally created on: May 30, 2014
  • So Young Oh
  • B. Corbett Walsh
  • Donna Phillips
  • Raj Karia
  • Jillian Halpern