Conflicts of Interest in Medicine are to be Encouraged — The American Way

Our non-system of care is designed to make money not provide quality efficient healthcare. Doctors on the take (gifts and income from drug companies and device developers) are the norm here. A bill in Massachusetts limited gifts to physicians from suppliers. Such regulation seemed like a reasonable approach, NOT:

Repeal supporters said the ban had stifled businesses looking to expand in Massachusetts and robbed the state of revenue from a pair of medical conventions that opted against coming to Massachusetts.

Critics of the ban also argued that it had harmed the restaurant industry by preventing pharmaceutical companies from taking doctors out to lunch, and they argued it had done little to rein in health care costs

Medicynical Note: I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. Patient care? Costs? Not our department.

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