Department of Health and Human Services

Enact Confict of Interest Laws for Medical Practioners

Federal employees are barred from investing in stocks, etc. where they have even the appearance of a conflict. Congress should enact similar laws for medical practitioners. They should be barred (legally) from accepting benefits from Pharmaceutical companies that may influence their prescribing practices. Many physicians are likely to prescribe high cost new drugs because of compensation from the drug industry. The high cost for these drugs are then passed on to patients, insurance companies, and Medicare. Congress... make these practices illegal just as it is done for Federal Employees. Medicare and other health care costs will go down significantly!!

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