Because, as a matter of public health policy, we want citizens making their own healthcare choices, without unreasonable influence or inducement.

We want our healthcare practitioners to endeavor to provide the highest quality of care and service based upon education, experience, and earned reputation.

If a healthcare provider can simply pay for a referral, then we make the reasonable assumption he/she need not worry about endeavoring to provide the very best in healthcare, because they are obtaining patients through paid referrals, rather than on their reputation for quality of care.

As a result, the theory continues, the quality of care will decline because a provider who can buy patients need not worry about reputation or outcomes. They just need pay a referral source. …

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Quality of Care needs to be the goal for addiction treatment.

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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Sober Law News, Mar 23, 2017, By Jeffrey Lynne, https://soberlawnews.com/patient-brokering-illegal/