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Non-Compete Clauses are Stopping Doctors from Serving Patients (Guest: Dr. Marcelo Hochman, Adam Habig)

December 17, 2019

Increasingly, employers, mainly hospitals, are compelling physicians from signing long-term, restrictive non-compete clauses that go as far as prohibiting them from informing patients if they leave an organization and go elsewhere.

Non-compete clauses have been under scrutiny not just for physicians but any number of professions. Attorneys don’t agree to them because it interferes with the practice of law but for some reason, they are acceptable in medical practice.  Hochman explains how non-competes interfere in practice in South Carolina and how physicians can fight it. Habig, who has explored this issue in depth, discusses how states across the country are addressing the issue and how these clauses can actually limit new modes of health care delivery.

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AnneMarie Schieber is a research fellow at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News, Heartland's monthly newspaper for health care reform.
amschieber@heartland.org @HCPolicy
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Adam R. Habig is president and co-founderof Freedom Healthworks.
ahabig@freedomhealthworks.com @FreedomDPC