Can a doctor and physical therapist who are married refer patients to each other?
Question Details: There is a husband, a rheumatologist, and his wife, a physical therapist who are always referring patients to each other. Is this legal?
As long as the referral is otherwise appropriate (e.g. for the condition and recommended treatment), it is legal. There is no prohibition on "related party" referrals: they may be made to spouse, sibling, child, parent, or anyone else related to the referring party. The only issue is, is the referral otherwise an appropriate or good one? If not, it would at the least be a violation of medical ethics; in some contexts, could even be criminal (e.g. a form of consummer fraud).
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