Is Your Doctor Getting Kickbacks?

Is Your Doctor Getting Kickbacks?

Have you ever wondered if your doctor's making money off the meds she's telling you to use?

If you have, ProPublica's new Dollars for Docs database, which compiles information from 15 drug companies on the doctors who receive payments to promote their products, will probably pique your interest.

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According to the site, the information compiled represents $2 billion in disclosed payments from 15 companies, which accounts for approximately 47% of the total market share.

All you do is put in the information you wish to search (your doctor's name, the hospital where you make your visits, etc.) and your state. If your doctor's name comes up, that means she's received money from one of the 15 participating drug companies.

According to ProPublica, "payments are legal, so it doesn't mean your doctor has done anything wrong. But research has shown that drug company marketing can influence what a doctor prescribes, and some experts say it is cause for concern."

If you do find out that your doctor is on the list for receiving payments from a drug company, it could be worth bringing it up. Ask if there are safe, cheaper generic options, or any other non-drug alternatives to what she's put you on.

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