College of Physicians and Surgeons of New Brunswick

Some years ago, Council was advised that certain physicians were insisting their patients submit to an annual complete examination, on an uninsured basis, as a condition of continuing care. It was Council's view that this was unacceptable. Under the Code of Ethics, patients are entitled to accept or refuse medical care. If such a procedure is necessary, on medical grounds, then it should be provided as an appropriately insured service. If it is not medically indicated, then it cannot be a condition of continuing care as an appropriately insured service.