Physician-Owned Hospitals, Neurosurgeons, and Disclosure: Lessons from law and the literature

Maya A. Babu, Joshua M. Rosenow, Brian V. Nahed

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Physician ownership of hospitals has been a subject of controversy for years. Opponents claim that physician ownership and the hospital profits that result from imaging, laboratory tests, and procedures create a conflict of interest for physicians in providing impartial patient care. Proponents argue that having an ownership stake in a hospital means that physicians can have control over all facets of the patient experience, which leads potentially to better patient satisfaction and outcomes. With passage of health reform legislation, physician-owned specialty hospitals have been under renewed attack and now face more restrictive limitations on their growth and expansion. The following review explores the history of physician-owned specialty hospitals, the controversy surrounding physician ownership, and the scope of neurosurgeon ownership in specialty hospitals and offers 2 models for disclosure of potential conflicts of interest.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1724-1732
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011


  • Conflict of interest
  • Physician-owned hospitals
  • Specialty hospitals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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