Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Full Disclosure of Payments to Physicians Might Soon be a Reality

According to this article in lawmakers are considering legislation that will require health care providers to disclose any gifts or payments that are made to providers that exceed $1,000. There is a national debate on this topic and many advocates claim that gifts, no matter how small, can influence a doctor to prescribe more costly drugs instead of generics. Dr. Stephen R. Smith, a New London physician, mentions, "Patients need to know that their doctors are writing prescriptions based on the best scientific evidence and in the patient's best interests, and not because of pressure from drug companies."

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