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Branch Office Law: My Opinion

"A two office rule continues to make good quality patient sense. Multiple offices would allow business orientated optometrists to hire, fire, and control the prescribing judgements of their employee optometrists. As salaried employee they would be required to work as their employer boss dictates. Business minded optometrists would end up with a string of offices controlling the time doctors would be permitted to spend with patients, quality of materials, and controlling the limited tests permitted by the managing optometrist. I believe the profession would suffer but even more important, the patients would suffer more because they would not be able to receive the individual quality of unrestricted care that the public has learned to expect from their family optometrist. Medicine and dentistry has not moved in this direction and Optometry also should not."

Frederick R. Harris, O.D. FAAO


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