8 things to bear in mind when accepting gifts

There are no definitive rules or laws that govern when a doctor should or should not accept a gift from a patient.

However, it pays to bear in mind that receiving gifts may have ethical and moral implications, says AMA lawyer Melanie Earles.

If a gift is in response to a hospital treatment, she advises doctors to check the hospital’s policy and act accordingly. If not, it’s a personal judgment call.