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Should Physicians be Owners of Surgical Centers?

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The Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey has ruled that physicians who own surgical centers violate the Codey Act, a law which prohibits referral of patients to facilities that a physician owns. Ambulatory Care Centers and free standing surgical centers have proliferated in New Jersey, and physicians argue that such centers provide inexpensive alternatives to hospitalization; however, others are concerned that such centers are not as well regulated as hospitals and may not have all of the necessary specialists and equipment in the event of complications.

For more information on this subject, please refer tothe section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.