MOST DOCTORS WOULD LIE TO GET TREATMENT FOR
PATIENTS A majority of doctors responding to an American
Medical Association survey say they would exaggerate the truth about a
patient's medical condition, if they thought it was necessary in order to get
HMOs to approve treatment for serious health concerns.
Almost three-fifths of those responding said they would be willing to turn in
"deliberately deceptive documentaiton" in order to see to it that a patient
received a necessary heart bypass, or other medical treatment for a
life-threatening condition. On the other hand, less than
three percent of the doctors said they would fake the documentation to get an
HMO to pay for a nose job.