Some retirement living seniors may find that as they age, doctor appointments become more frequent. However, seniors may want to think twice about scheduling certain surgeries.
A recent study at the University of Michigan has indicated that some physicians have been recommending unnecessary surgery for their patients. The problem has arisen from doctors who have a stake in outpatient surgery centers.
"Our data suggest that physician behavior changes after investment in an outpatient facility," said Dr John Hollingsworth of the University of Michigan.
Hollingsworth went on to talk about the potential incentives for medical professionals.
"Through what some have labeled the triple dip, physician owners of surgery centers not only collect a professional fee for the services provided, but also share in their facilitys profits and the increased value of their investment.
This creates a potential conflict of interest," he said.
Retirement living seniors can avoid undergoing unnecessary surgery by seeking out a second opinion from a doctor.