Sexual or romantic interactions between physicians and patients detract from the goals of the physician-patient relationship, may exploit the vulnerability of the patient, may obscure the physician's objective judgment concerning the patient's health care, and ultimately may be detrimental to the patient's well-being....
Physician-patient romance deserves a sophisticated and courageous ethical analysis.
Saving the network from "leakage" isn't worth the unpleasantness of participating in a sexual boundary suit.
Plans and physician groups should look at their internal norms and written policies, and consider how they'd respond to such scenarios, given current administrative standards.
Our contemporary attitude toward such encounters is to label them, categorically, as "unprofessional conduct." Given that there is no surveillance of this behavior, physician-patient sex comes to the attention of regulatory agencies only when the patient complains. The nominal standard establishes a rule of "no overlap": a physician-patient relationship must not coexist with a romantic-sexual relationship.
The AMA says: "Sexual contact that occurs concurrent with the physician-patient relationship constitutes sexual misconduct.