independent contractorJoe Segen2016-12-27T08:41:34+00:00
Definition A non-permanent worker* who, in the context of US medical practice, provides a service to a hospital, medical centre or other health care-providing entity, on a per diem, temporary or locum basis. Typically, independent contractors are paid more than salaried full-time employees, are hired as needed, are employed at will**, and shoulder more malpractice liability than do their hospital employed counterparts. Independent contractors don’t receive health benefits, retirement contributions, paid vacation, or have part of their pay deducted for taxes.
*Including doctors, nurses, physical therapists, etc. **A term defined by the jurisdiction’s contract laws.
Reference American Medical News 27.11.1995, p1