“Health care decisions must be based solely upon what is best for the individual patient and not on which pharmaceutical company is paying the doctor the biggest kickback,” said Rod J. Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland. “All consumers have the right to know that their health care provider’s judgment about medications they should take has not been undermined by kickbacks from pharmaceutical manufacturers.”
I was twigged by the phrase "high-prescribing doctors". I remembered hearing a person in the insurance business refer to some people as "high claimers". Then I realized: that is what is going on here. It is a claims war. If some doctors fix people and claim payment from insurance companies for that, it threatens the ability of other doctors to get patients to claim other fixes of a more chemical nature. If they are being partly paid that way, it threatens their livelihood!
Some may scoff that such bribery is going on. But according to this news story, and if one looks at what EricaSlovakia posted, it is extremely common. Considered as part of the normal accounting structure, as a standard cost of doing business.
I figure consumers should have the realism to know that "their health care provider’s judgment about medications they should take" has
"been undermined by kickbacks from pharmaceutical manufacturers."