Surgeons who charge 'unethical' fees could face sanctions: CMO

Patients should not need to resort to crowdfunding to pay for costly operations, says Professor Brendan Murphy

Surgeons who charge excessive out-of-pocket fees could be sanctioned for their “unethical” behaviour, the Chief Medical Officer has warned.

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Professor Brendan Murphy says he is concerned that patients and their families are resorting to crowdfunding campaigns to fund expensive operations in private hospitals by high-profile surgeons.

“If someone’s fee-charging behaviour is so outrageous that it’s causing harm to a patient, then that may be a potential for us to consider that as unethical behaviour,” Professor Murphy told ABC Radio.

“Sometimes people feel that if they're paying a

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