NFL Doctors Are Walking Conflicts of Interest


The NFL season ends Sunday, as it always does, with two teams of the walking wounded pounding each other one last time. This year it’s the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers—or if you’re inclined to credit their respective medical teams, it’s MedStar Union Memorial vs. Stanford Hospital & Clinics. The Ravens and 49ers are among the 23 NFL teams with “official” health care providers. (That figure is a hand count that the league declined to confirm.) These arrangements differ, but the standard deal includes reduced-rate medical care and/or a payment from the...

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