Surgeon’s service raises ethical red flag



March 20, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Dear Dr. Roach: I used a local orthopedic surgeon to replace my knee. He said my hip was bone on bone, and treated it with cortisone shots, which did not help. I finally had an appointment to talk about a hip replacement. The first available surgery date was seven months away. I signed up for that date. 

The nurse then gave me a paper stating the doctor was introducing a concierge service. This included an expedited surgery date (four weeks away) and on-time appointments (it was standard to wait over an hour). The cost for this service was $5,000. I paid the fee and got the earlier surgery date.

I know I was not forced into this surgery, but I feel taken by my doctor. What do you think? — G.L.

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