SAMJ: South African Medical Journal
On-line version ISSN 2078-5135
Print version ISSN 0256-9574
MCQUOID-MASON, David. Medical ethics and the payment of fees before treatment. SAMJ, S. Afr. med. j. [online]. 2011, vol.101, n.11, pp.798-799. ISSN 2078-5135.
Whether it is ethically acceptable for doctors to require payment of fees before treatment depends on interpretation of the ethical rules of the profession, the circumstances of the doctor-patient relationship, the urgency of the patient's need for treatment, and whether refusal to treat before payment represents abandonment of a patient.