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  •  Again, none of this matters (2+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright, SilentBrook

    Whether docs or hospitals get kickbacks for prescribing drugs is irrelevant.

    The problem here is a patient was prescribed a drug a doctor later admitted he didn't need.

    So all I want to know is why the doctor did that?

    And that was the point of the post.

    The future is just a concept we use to avoid living today

    by MetalMD on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 10:11:30 AM PST

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    •  That actually wasn't the point of the post, and (1+ / 0-)
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      I guarantee if you knew the backstory from the doctor's perspective, you would get a much more nuanced picture.  For all we know (and we don't), something new was discovered in the clinical picture.  

      Corporations are driven by the bottom line, not by concerns for health, safety or the environment. This is why we need government regulations.

      by the dogs sockpuppet on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 11:29:37 AM PST

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    •  Actually it does matter (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, dhonig

      You are directly calling into question the ethics and motivation of the Physician, and all Physicians, into question.  

      You are asserting that your friend was prescribed X drug purely so the Physician can be paid an additional amount because he/she is paid by:

      1. The act of prescribing the medication
      2.  Kickbacks from the drug companies

      Both of these items are false and it does very much matter.  I'm not trying to be an asshat but these are just the facts.

      If you look at my long comment, and my recently published diary, you will see my attempt at trying to explain why/how a Physician is actually paid.

      •  And that is a separate issue (0+ / 0-)

        I am keenly aware medicine is not an exact science. That is why it is so difficult to question the judgment of doctors, or even know where their motivation lies, and whether they're looking out for the best interest of the patient or not.

        Certainly there are good doctors who will always look out for the best interest of the patient, but the problem is with a system where that loyalty can be brought into action, which is exactly what the US health care

        The future is just a concept we use to avoid living today

        by MetalMD on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 12:17:15 PM PST

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    •  Bullshit (1+ / 0-)
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      sorry, but you don't get to accuse an entire industry of being unethical criminals, then say "it's not the point" when you get called out on it.

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      by dhonig on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 02:09:40 PM PST

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