Healthcare Costs- One Factor

September 18, 2009

I was sitting in a doctor’s waiting room yesterday for an hour or so. During that period SIX drug salesmen called.  What’s going on there?  Big Pharma has an army of hungry salesmen relentlessly pushing  doctors to prescribe more drugs including “off-label”.  What reasonable doctor could withstand this onslaught? This seige takes doctors away from their primary mission. Direct advertizing to consumers on television and publications  pours gasoline on this fire. It’s no wonder our national healthcare costs have spiralled out of control.  I overheard one peddler express worry with pending reform measures that layoffs maybe coming soon. Which piece of proposed legislation or insurance industry group has a solution for this threat?

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