No consensus on direct solicitation by MDs. “The goal of the summit was to get feedback from stakeholders across many perspectives,” explains Megan E. Collins, MD, MPH, lead author of the report and faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

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Report: The authors, including our Jeremy Sugarman, Jeffrey Kahn, Megan Collins, and Joseph Carrese, convened a “Summit on the Ethics of Grateful Patient Fundraising,” with the goal of identifying primary ethical issues in GPFR and offering recommendations regarding how to manage them

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Yet, the practice of doctors soliciting donations from patients “is something that is happening and all signs are that it is going to continue and that it will increase,” said Dr. Joseph A. Carrese, a primary care doctor and bioethicist at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Carrese was concerned enough to join his colleagues in conducting an interview study of Hopkins doctors

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Grateful Patients

May 31, 2013

Huguette Clark’s story raises important questions about grateful patient philanthropy in the context of ongoing clinical care. How should health care professionals conduct themselves in these situations?

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