You’ve been hearing about this initiative for years — the “Sunshine Act” was passed as part of Obamacare. And like all government work, it came in late and incomplete, covering only a few months of 2013.
But we didn’t exactly need a fortune-teller to guess exactly what this government data is saying — modern medicine today is hopelessly corrupt.
Dollars for Docs, a website that’s been chronicling Big Pharma payola for years, has documented more than $4 billion in drug company payments to doctors since 2009.
That’s about $800 million a year. That’s enough money to run the entire state of Oklahoma for a month and a half.
Pfizer is leading the way with 142,600 health care professionals reportedly receiving cash in 2013. And with some of the side-effect-laden drug duds Pfizer has unleashed, like Lipitor and Viagra, it’s no surprise they have to pay for their friends.
Other drug companies with at least 80,000 docs on the payroll included AstraZeneca, Forest, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, AbbVie, Boehringer Ingelheim, and… of course… Merck.
And here’s one thing you shouldn’t forget about Merck — they didn’t pay a red cent in taxes in the second quarter of this year.
That’s right. A $48 billion company that couldn’t contribute a nickel to help fund our schools… or repair our roads… or pay military salaries… handed out cash to more than 81,000 health professionals.
And you’d better believe they got their money’s worth.
As more federal data is released, you can expect to hear more frightening stories — like the tale of a California pain management specialist who raked in $750,000 in drug-company “speaking fees.”
But just remember it’s up to YOU to do your due diligence before you meet with — or accept advice from — any doc. Before you let any mainstream doc check your health, make sure you check his pockets.