Lying to insurance companies: the desire to deceive among physicians and the public.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study examines the public's and physicians' willingness to support deception of insurance companies in order to obtain necessary healthcare services and how this support varies based on perceptions of physicians' time pressures. Based on surveys of 700 prospective jurors and 1617 physicians, the public was more than twice as likely as physicians to sanction deception (26%versus 11%) and half as likely to believe that physicians have adequate time to appeal coverage decisions (22%versus 59%). The odds of public support for deception compared to that of physicians rose from 2.48 to 4.64 after controlling for differences in time perception. These findings highlight the ethical challenge facing physicians and patients in balancing patient advocacy with honesty in the setting of limited societal resources.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Werner, RM; Alexander, GC; Fagerlin, A; Ubel, PA

Published Date

  • January 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 59

PubMed ID

  • 16192208

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1536-0075

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1526-5161

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15265160490518566


  • eng