- The Facts:Even though Western medical companies have been required to publicly disclose payments to doctors for promotional work over the last five years, there has been a significant rise in these practices, leading to 700 doctors earning more than $1M.
- Reflect On:Is the entire Western Medical system really a trusted authority and an advocate for human well-being, or is just a business that infallibly puts profits over health?
In a very thorough and revealing analysis of statistical industry payment data, ProPublica disclosed that more than 2,500 physicians have received at least half a million dollars apiece from drugmakers and medical device companies in the past five years alone, while more than 700 of those doctors received at least $1 million, and that doesn’t include money for research or royalties from inventions.
In their article, the authors note that their previous analysis in 2013, which found out that 1 doctor had made $1 million and 21 doctors had made over $500,000 for the same reasons, was expected to be a wake-up call for more effective scrutiny, oversight, and challenges to these payments. Instead, these types of payments have become much more commonplace.