Medical Malpractice and Questionable Doctor Benefits
Med mal is still very prevalent in the US. Lately, another issue has surfaced, illegal kickbacks to doctors.
Little Rock, AR (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2010When a patient goes to hospital to get well and winds up having to speak to a med mal lawyer because the doctor was negligent and caused serious harm, that is a grave issue. Lately, another critical issue has been rearing its ugly head – illegal kickbacks to doctors. This is something that people may have heard about, but have not personally seen or witnessed. “This isn’t really too much of a surprise,” commented Michael G. Smith, an Arkansas malpractice lawyer and Arkansas accident lawyer, practicing personal injury law.
“Drug companies have a huge role in the occurrence of med mal, even in light of their attempts to supposedly improve health care standards. What role do they play? It all boils down to Big Pharma relying heavily on hospitals and physicians to promote ‘their’ products,” he explained. The kinds of products often being “pushed” are medical tools and devices and prescription drugs. The prescription drugs are an enormous profit pool for drug companies and thus they pressure doctors and hospitals to promote “their” brand name drug versus the generic brands.
“It goes without saying that the pressure is of the ‘you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours’ variety, where the physicians get cash, trips, meals and/or expensive gifts, which is utterly tempting to say the least; utterly compromising for the patient’s health to say the worst,” observed Smith. By recommending or prescribing a drug that may cause a patient more harm than good, the patient is the one that will ultimately pay a price for the doctor getting presents.
“If you have been in a situation like this and are certain that you were given a drug only because the doctor was trying to promote it in return for a payoff of some kind, it’s a good idea to speak to an Arkansas malpractice lawyer with experience in this area. To say that things like this should not happen, is a major understatement,” Smith added.
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