Doctors often are asked to sign non-compete agreements. This should not surprise you.
Dan has written at length on Physicians and Non-competes on our blog.
We wrote an article on our website about Virginia Doctors and Non-Compete Agreements.
We even have a Chapter dedicated to Doctors in our Second Edition, How to Beat your Virginia Non-Compete.
So when Google News shared this article out of Pittsburgh today, I was not surprised. Hospital v. Doctor lawsuits are not rare. They are common place. But is that right?
I know it is crazy that a lawyer ask an ethical and moral question, but here it goes:
SHOULD HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS BE PROHIBITED FROM SERVING THE PUBLIC? Even by employment Contracts?
Is the business of medicine more important than the patients or patient care?
If Lawyers can’t have non-competes because we have agreed as a profession they are unethical, why can’t doctors do the same?
ANSWER: I think they should, and could.
Until that day, we are happy to review your non-compete and share what it really means.