"I think there’s a consensus these days that it’s a bad idea to treat your family members. There’s all sorts of potential problems there. First thing, you’re not going to be as objective as you otherwise might be. You’ve got an emotional attachment to these folks, and they have an emotional attachment to you. It’s pretty hard to imagine a family member saying no to their relative who is their doctor. Most ethics organizations, or people who have weighed in on this, say that it’s OK to be interested in your family, maybe give them some advice, guide them to other doctors, but to actually be involved in the day-to-day care, you’re probably not going to give them the best care and there’s just an inherent conflict of interest there."