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Tuesday, January 31, 2012


The hospital administrator sent me this article about the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. This has been around since 2009 so it is nothing new. In summary it is a federal requirement that those evil drug and medical device companies report payments to doctors for research and consultation or as the article insinuates "gifts".

I have a few questions:

Are drug companies not PRIVATE industries?

If they want to pay doctors for research and consultation, what business is it of the federal gubment's?

Indeed, if the company wants to give someone a "gift" what business is it of the federal gubment's?

If qualified physicians are doing work for drug companies are they not entitled to compensation? What business is this of the federal gubment's? As long as the doctors pay their income taxes, it should be none of their business!

This whole thing reminds me and demonstrates the attack on capitalism by both the left and the right. Mitt Romney has been vilified by the looney left as well as Republicans running against him. All Romney has ever done is engage in capitalism, I'm not aware he has violated any laws.

This Sunshine Act thing is especially juicy for the naysayers. They have an opportunity not only to vilify capitalism but the health care profession as well. Those evil, money grubbing, rich doctors! How dare they accept money from those evil, money grubbing, rich drug companies for doing legitimate work?

No, we should just go back to the days of leeches, bleeding patients, and poultices. We could cut our life expectancy in half. The Social Security and Medicare insolvency issues would be solved.

I have one last question:

If these doctors were consulting for some gubment agency or perhaps a solar energy company, do you reckon we would hear anything at all about it?


  1. The leading cause of death and injury in the US are doctors and hospitals. Here are some facts about the loathsome medical industry

    Most people believe that doctors save far more than they harm, and that any doctor-induced injuries are usually minor. However, there is plenty of evidence that shows otherwise. In the year 2000, doctors in Israel decided to go on strike; demanding increases in pay. Before long, morticians began to notice a bizarre trend.
    “The number of funerals we have performed has fallen drastically”.
    — Hananya Shahor, the veteran director of
    Jerusalem's Kehilat Yerushalayim burial society.
    The longer the doctors' strike continued, the more the death rate fell. In some locations, the death rate dropped by an astounding 50%. Unfortunately, the doctors eventually stopped their strike, and the mortality rates returned to normal again. This same thing had happened in Israel previously, almost twenty years earlier.
    “There definitely is a connection between the doctors' sanctions and fewer deaths. We saw the same thing in 1983 [when the Israel Medical Association applied sanctions for four and a half months].”
    — Meir Adler, manager of the Shamgar Funeral Parlour
    This would be easy to dismiss as sub-standard Israeli medicine if this phenomena were restricted to just that part of the world, but similar results were seen in 1976, in Los Angeles, when doctors went on strike for just one month. The death rate quickly decreased by 18%. These shocking statistics have since been studied, and it is official; doctors are killing people.
    There are, of course, rationalizations for the reductions in mortality, but they are poor. During the strikes, emergency care was always ongoing, whilst elective (unnecessary) surgeries ground to a halt. This is one of the main explanations for the lowered mortality rates during doctor's strikes, and the lack of deaths by pharmaceuticals has been ignored.
    A 2008 review published in the Social Science & Medicine journal analyzed five separate incidents in which doctor strikes led to decreased mortality. They also attempted to blame the lack of elective surgeries, but in the end, they were forced to admit that "the literature suggests that reductions in mortality may result from these strikes". So, the best way to reduce deaths in this country may be to fire the doctors.

  2. Post on my blogs butcher and I will tear you and the other Rethuglican greedy doctors a new one. Warning: I deal in facts so your Fox News parroting brain may go into a seizure you arrogant pawn.