The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 25, 1952 · Page 9
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 9

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THURSDAY, SEPT, 25, 1952 (ARK.) COURIER PAGE NTNB Surgeons Denounce Fee-Splitting As Being Dishonest, Unethical Uy ALTON L. AP Science Keillor NEW YORK I.IV-The American one surgeon and later you get Ho bill from the physician, Just a bill from the Burgeon. College of Surgeons denounced fee- j Your doctor doesn't give you a splitting between physicians and choice of surgeons to do the opera- surcenns today as ' dishonest and unethical" and harmful to patients. Thirteen college officials told of lion he says is,necessa,ry or doesn't ask you whom you want to do it If you suspect fee-splitting, your a renewed drive against the doctor I recourse is to ask your county kick-backs in a frank news con-1 medical society to investigate. The fererigt with science writers. One | societies have committees that do good weapon, they said, Is to tell this. the public all the facts. They said most doctors are honest, but a "few bad apples" split fees, giving medicine a black eye. Some said the kick-back practice Is widespread and growing in some areas. But it is hard to prove that any one is doing it. Twenty-three states have laws declaring it illegal. Learn whether your hospital is approved and accredited by top medical organizations. The approved and accredited by top medical organizations. The approved hospitals set up safeguards against kick-backs. Four of the 13 surgeons, mostly members of the college's Board o i Regents and Governors, agree* Fee-splitting means a division of | that "in certain areas, fee-splitting fee between the doctor who first diagnoses a patient's condition and the surgeon who operates on him. I geons." It leads, the college officials said, They to these evils: is widely practiced by a large per ccntage of physicians, and Over-charging in bills; unnecessary operations; "ghost surgery" when a person thinks his own doctor is operating and the selected or "ghost" surgeon does U after the patient Is anesthetized: loss of public confidence in doctors. Dr. Alton Ochsner of New Orleans, immediate past president of the college, said-you should be suspicious of fee-splitting If; ^ Your doctor sends you to only would not specify thes< areas, beyond the comments two of the surgeons; Dr. Loyal Davis of Chicago, college regent, said. "There is n question but that fee-splitting is on the increase in Chicago and the surrounding area." Dr. Newell W. Philpott of Montreal, R regent, said he did not know of it in Montreal but that he knew It was done in some localities nearby. He told of one young surgeon, starting in practice, who re- used to make kick-backs and had o leave an unnamed town within x months. Ochsner said, "If a young man tarts practice In a neighborhood vhere splitting is rampant and reuses to do .\o bcausz he is honest, e would starve." The college sets high standards or admission of fellows (now nunv i 17.500), including a pledge not to split fee,s. Aibout a, do7,en ellows have been ousted in recent •ears for breaking the pledge. Dr. Evarts Graham of St. Louis, chairman of the regents, said the college might put on TV and radio shows about the evils of fee-splitting. Dr. Paul R, Hawley of Chicago, college director, said the field staff was being Increased to invesli gate alleged cases of kick-backs. The Bureau of Internal Revenue has informed the college that it won't allow kick-back payments to be listed as income tax deductions in states where fee-splitting is either illegal or not accepted practice or custom. Fee-splitting was rampant In Columbus, O., six years ago, the surgeons said. A Columbus surgical society was formed and U agreed that every surgeon would have his books and income tax returns inspected by an independent auditor. Fee-splitting was ended almost Tlft, PROBATE COURT, CH1CKASAWBA illSlKRT, MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, ARKANSAS Estate of C. A. Eakcs. deceased. Last kno« f n address: 512 Locust St., Blytheville. Arkansas. Date of death; September 4, 1952. The undersigned has been appoint.**^ aamim"stra(,or ot the above named decedent. All persons having claims against the estate must .exhibit them, duly authenticated, to the undersigned within six months from the date of the first publication of this notice, or they shall be forever barred and precluded from any benefit in the estate This notice first published Sept. 18. 1952. Harvey Morris, Administrator Address: Anthony Building. Blytheville, Ark. Number of Executions Declines In U.S. to 2nd Smallest Total WASHINGTON UV-Thn Fcdcrnl S7 white persons, 47 Nncrncs and one American Indian. One was a woman, the first since 1947. Their nRf-s ranged Irom IB to 11 with the Inrpesl number In ihc 25- ln-'^9 gin up, However, In UH» rape CORPS, the largest concentration Prison Bureau Raid today that 105 executions wore carried ont by civil authorities In the United Slates, during 1951. With the exception of 19!>0, when there were only 82 legal executions, this was the smallest total Tor nny of the 22 years !n| wns l!1 the 2Q-to-24 SRO bracket, which national tabulations have' been made. 1 The bureau noted that for the capital years 1930-1950, the average was 144 per year. Of the 105 executions in 1951, 87 were for murder, 17 for rape nnd one for armed robhery. Those put to death, by I'lroctitkm. lethal D'18-25-102 gos. hnnpinp and shnotiriR, included The 1051 executions wore oju~ned out in 26 of the 42 states where punishment may be irtv under ordinary circuin- . There was none by the poseci stance. 1 York, eight each; and Georgia and Alabama, seven earh. Idaho, for the first time in the bureau'. 1 ; (statistics do not executions by military au- 22-yoar record period, invoked the thoritios. However, the report noted death penalty nnd cariied out two that the Navy has had none since executions for murder. 1930, while the Army, Including The grand total for the 22-year period, federal government last year. Seven of the 26 states accounted for f.l, nr more lhi\n half the 10M total. These were Texas, 13; Vir- cinifi. 10; Florida, Mississippi and STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY IH[ AMEIICAH DISmilHG COMPANY, IHC. • PFKIH, 111. overnight, they said. 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