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J Oppenheimer

The outpatient physicians generally decide to send their specimens to the lab which can kick-back the most to them in the form of free office staff (i.e., "phlebotomists"), computer software , mark-up opportunities, placements of in-office pathologists, charitable donations, or payoffs to family members). Commercial salesfolks are more likely to comply with the outlandish requests of clinicians than are hospital employees with a different ethos.

It's not that hospital outreach programs see a chance to make some much needed cash; its more likely that they just can't compete.


anonymous pathologist

Or, the hospital system could do what my former one did, and outsource the entire laboratory - lock, stock and barrel, to Quest. Talk about losing strategic assets....

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