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Conflicts of interest between ‘patient-advocacy groups’ and medical companies

Roy Poses, M.D., in his Web site Health Care Renewal, discusses the conflicts of interest between some so-called patient-advocacy groups and pharmaceutical, biotech and medical-device companies. He quotes, for example, one report on the situation:

“In the context of organization-industry relations, concerns have been raised that industry-supported patient-advocacy organizations have spoken out for access to drugs with questionable therapeutic benefit and remained silent on policy proposals, such as drug-pricing reforms, that might benefit their constituents.”

Dr. Poses comments:

“Such conflicts of interest clearly raise the risk that the organizations may be influenced to put their financial sponsors’ interests ahead of those of patients and the public.  However, the articles discussed {in Dr. Poses’s Web site} were not designed to discover how often such conflicts actually lead to abuse of these organizations’ power.  Such abuse could be health care corruption, since corruption is defined by Transparency International as abuse of entrusted power for private gain.”

To read Dr. Poses’s piece, please hit this link.

Poses: No pain for execs in Tenet scandal


Roy M. Poses, M.D., writing in his Health Care Renewal site, complains that despite Tenet Healthcare’s $514 million fine by the Feds for its kickbacks and other bad behavior, that no Tenet executive is being punished. Health Care Renewal focuses on what Dr. Poses sees as increasing and severe corruption in American healthcare, mostly driven by greed.

The  Tenet settlement is meant to resolve a lengthy criminal investigation and lawsuits.

Dr. Poses writes:
“As is typical of such settlements, no individual who might have authorized, directed or implemented the kickbacks suffered any consequences.  While top managers of Tenet might have gotten even bigger bonuses because of the additional revenues supplied by the sorts of behavior discussed above, they  would suffer no financial penalties as a result of this settlement.  In fact, in 2015, the current Tenet CEO,  Mr. Trevor Fetter, who was an officer of the company in 2013, the last year kickbacks covered by the settlement ocurred, received total compensation of $15,354,283according to the company’s 2016 proxy statement.”

To read Dr. Poses’s posting, please hit this link.


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