According to an online survey completed by 3,542 adults asking the names of the physicians they had seen most often, 65% visited doctors who had accepted industry payment.  Family Medicine docs and OBGYN’s received the most.

“The findings suggest that although physicians who accept industry payments are in the minority, they are caring for a very substantial portion of America’s adult patient population,” explains Genevieve Pham-Kanter, leader of the study at Drexel University.

She feels the results underestimate the problem.

She also states, “Drug and device companies tend to pursue relationships with key opinion leaders in medicine because of these leaders’ potential to influence the clinical practice of others, even those who themselves do not accept industry payments.” This study reports 8,333 dermatologists received 208,613 payments totaling $34 million in 2014, the first year for which a full 12 months of financial data have been released. This 2014 study reports more than $32 million went to general pediatricians and pediatric sub specialists.  This is extremely important as these are the folks pushing vaccines.  These kickbacks come from the very companies with patents and are manufacturing vaccines.  Why docs push vaccines:

* Doctors are taught in medical school that vaccines are safe and necessary.

*Private practice docs may lose hospital referral privileges if they don’t vaccinate.

*Private practice docs must pay for cost of vaccines they use – which encourages them to use expired vaccines to recoup costs.

*Pharmaceutical companies court docs and give them bennies.

*Doctors think vaccine-induced injuries are part of normal child development.

*Doctors who question vaccines are publicly humiliated or scorned.

*Doctors are protected from being sued when vaccine injuries or vaccine death occurs.

*Doctors receive bonuses for vaccinating children from insurance companies. Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a $400 bonus per vaccinated patient to providers who fully vaccinate least 63 percent of the children in their practice by age two. This amount could reach thousands of dollars in bonuses for the average doctor.  Want to know if your doctor is getting kickbacks?  The Open Payments website is a federal program that collects information about payments drug and device companies make to physicians in the form of travel, research, gifts, speaking fees, and meals. It also includes any ownership interests that doctors or their immediate family members may have in these companies as well.  Another cool website to find your doctor as well as a breakdown of the top companies behind the briberies and even a listing by state.

While most physicians receive payments averaging about $193, it does add up over time. Between August 2013 to December 2015 Genetech, Inc.,the maker of drugs such as the allergy drug Xolair and anti-viral drug Tamiflu, made payments totaling $727 million to doctors and research hospitals.  A ProPublica analysis has found for the first time that doctors who receive payments from the medical industry do indeed tend to prescribe drugs differently than their colleagues who don’t. And the more money they receive, on average, the more brand-name medications they prescribe.

Time for transparency.


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