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Non-Compete Clauses Serve Only One Entity (*Psst* It Isn’t the Patient)

Dana Corriel, MD explains why non-compete only serve one player in healthcare, and it isn't the doctor or the patient.

October 17, 2022

Non-compete clauses make it a nightmare to practice medicine in today’s America.

They only serve one entity and one entity only, and have been created to tighten power and exert control.

This is just one example of treating the doctor as a commodity and does not at all serve in the patient’s best interest.

Doctors are not property. Their services should be free to use (to heal) whenever & wherever they’re needed.

Furthermore, doctors shouldn’t have to relocate. I’ve heard of folks who literally have been forced to uproot with their families and start life anew, just because they decide to work for someone new; or worse, we’re let go of.

 

Doctors are not property. Their services should be free to use (to heal) whenever & wherever they’re needed. Click To Tweet

 

If you treat us like cogs in a wheel, then you can’t expect that we should sign these clauses. You can’t have your cake and eat it too!!

Let’s explore an analogy: you wouldn’t be able to impose this on a salesperson.

If I was a GAP salesperson, for example, and decided to work in a new store, I could work wherever I wanted to! I sure wouldn’t be legally bound to not work within a 5-mile radius of where my last GAP store was located.

 

If you treat us like cogs in a wheel, then you can’t expect that we should sign these clauses. You can’t have your cake and eat it too!! Click To Tweet

 

How absurd does that even sound?

So why is it ok to do to doctors???

Hint: because we don’t fight back. And nobody sure fights for us!

This is why I built what I have, a site that amplifies injustices (and also amplifies and highlights the individual doctor rockstars within this tight, controlling system).

Because step 1 is awareness. Bringing together all that’s broken is needed, in organized fashion as we do. Step 2 is then to identify players in the space who are mobilizing, and bringing them together.

We’re an incubator, an idea machine, a marketing solution, and a space where doctors can finally spark change. Together!

 

For the second commentary on this topic, please read Non-Compete Clauses Treat Doctors – and Patients – Like Commodities, which will be published on Oct 20th at 8 AM EST.

Dana Corriel, MD

Dana Corriel, MD

“I haven’t LEFT medicine, I’m simply taking time to tackle its issues from a different angle. I’m stepping out of the traditional medicine box.”

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  1. I try to tell all my students how harmful noncompete clauses are! These wicked things have caused such hardship to our family over the years. It is excellent to raise awareness of this dangerous practice that is still standard operating procedure here.

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