Pay for performance and medical professionalism

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Health care delivery systems are widely studying and implementing physician pay for performance (P4P) initiatives to improve quality and control costs. However, the increasing focus on quality-driven financial incentives has some troubling implications for medical professionalism. This article examines the P4P concept in light of a notion of medical fiduciary professionalism that dates back to the 18th-century Scottish physician John Gregory. Gregory's principles serve as a framework to assess the appropriateness of P4P initiatives in disseminating the principles of high-quality care without damage to professionalism, the patient-physician relationship, and access to care for all patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalQuality management in health care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008


  • Physician incentive plans
  • Professionalism


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