In my previous blog, “Drug Companies Paying Doctors” , I cited a database called “”Dollars for Docs” that has attempted to compile information on payments, that drug companies have made to doctors.
It is not my opinion that just because a doctor receives compensation from a drug company, that it should mean that such payment means influence over that doctor.
Unfortunately, there is not enough funding for doctors. Many times, the difficulty in even filling out the paperwork to try to receive research grants, can be overwhelming. Plus, many doctors, that I know, are already working long hours and fighting insurance companies to even get a portion of their entitled billing.
I just thought that I would attach the website (here) which will allow you to plug in the name of any healthcare provider, to determine what monies that they might be receiving from the Pharmaceutical Industry.
To me, it’s no different than lobbyists interacting with legislators on Capitol Hill. We know that industries contribute to campaigns. That doesn’t mean that every legislator is being “bought” by every contribution.
The reality is that medical treatment and research does cost money; just like political campaigns cost money. I just think that it’s good to know who is paying and who is receiving.
This website is not an exhaustive list. There are many doctors and payments still not listed. It is a good place to start. It goes along with the old saying that “information is the greatest commodity”.