Professional courtesy, the provision of medical care without charge or at discounted rates to physicians and their immediate families. It is sometimes extended to other health care professionals and employees.
The longstanding tradition of professional courtesy in medicine has come under scrutiny under today's legal constraints and changing perspectives among physicians.
Explanation of Common Legal Issues
Various legal risks impact the advisability of extending professional courtesy. Several are covered here, but additional laws and contracts may apply. Seeking legal advice is prudent for guidance applicable to your specific situation.
A convenient summary of common liability risks pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists, and pediatric surgical specialists