DOCTORS AND NON-COMPETE CLAUSES
Yes, even doctors face unfair non-compete clauses. A family practice physician in Wyoming has been served with an injunction preventing her from practicing family medicine in the same town as her previous employer/physician partners. The doctor signed a non-compete clause which prevented her from practicing within 75 miles of her partners for a period of one year. Does this sound like good public policy? I don’t think so. Follow the story here.
The Supreme Court of Tennessee ruled in 2005 that physician non-competes were unenforceable but now the state legislator is considering a law which would allow such unfair provisions in physician contracts.
Non-compete clauses in the healthcare industry reduce the availability and affordability of medical care for all of us. They only protect the corporations which run the medical industry at the expense of the individual doctors and more importantly, those seeking medical care.