Hypocrisy, Straight from the Hospital C-Suite

Dana Corriel, MD asserts that the healthcare "maze" is built to confuse patients and prioritize the financial stake of medical conglomerates.

November 24, 2023

One of the biggest frustrations for doctors working in the large healthcare giant systems today (ones that AREN’T owned by doctors) is the inner-referral system in place.

It’s like one big, confusing maze, set up with a ton of nooks and crannies you just can’t seem to get out of. 

Oh, you’ll try and understand this complex giant. But you simply can’t.

In this complex web of innerworkings, doctors often have to refer to other doctors within the system.

This is true even when those doctors believe an outside colleague may be best.

So basically, you must stay within the giant web of nooks and crannies, and use the resources within, to help grow an even larger web (that often swallows up smaller webs nearby trying to survive).


Tabs are often kept.

The system has a financial stake, you see, in self-referring, which goes against the sensible “first, do not harm” policy.

In ironic contrast, this is the latest from an AHA (American Hospital Association) article. Please note, as a background, that doctors were banned from owning hospitals, and that the following reasoning is being provided to defend that decision:


“Preventing physician-owners from steering patients to facilities in which they have a financial stake is a sensible “first, do no harm” policy. This latest analysis once again reaffirms the need to maintain current law banning physician self-referrals to new POHs and restricting the growth of existing POHs.”


Looks like entrepreneurs have cleverly outwitted doctors in pushing them out of leadership and ownership. There’s really no other way to interpret it.

This is classic, “Do as I say, not as I do” mentality, twisted in clever PR.


Daniel Paull, MD, covered this truth recently, in a succinct post called Outside Referrals a No No.. & it’s Harming Our Health, published on SoMeDocs. 

Needless to say, the topic got a lot of attention.

The truth hurts.


A doctor often has to refer to another doctor within a system, even when they believe an outside doc may be best. Click To Tweet


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Dana Corriel, MD

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