Has professional courtesy had its day?

Debate over the fate of professional courtesy has raged in the pages of Australian Doctor, sparked by a Professor Max Kamien opinion piece. Here we ask whether this tradition is disappearing.

"I was shocked recently," an Australian Doctor reader wrote last month, "to receive a $2000 gap quote for my daughter's orthopaedic surgery — after private health insurance.

"Tell me how I can think of that colleague in any other way than just plain greedy and arrogant?" she asked. "I will never again refer a patient to him because to