Selected Commentary

It has come to the attention of the Council that a small number of physiotherapy clinics are offering physicians a fee for “approving” a physiotherapist’s treatment plan.  While communication between professionals is important, the circumstances of this initiative are, in Council’s view, more in the nature of a fee to induce referrals.  Physicians are reminded that the following is considered a form of professional misconduct.

 35.  sharing fees with, or providing compensation to, any person who has referred a patient to the member or requesting or accepting a fee, rebate, commission or other compensation for the referral of a patient;

To that end, physicians who accept such fees directly may be at risk of a complaint.

 10/09

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Dr. Ed Schollenberg, Registrar
College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick
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Rothesay, NB E2E 5K8 

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