'Many patients receive health care from doctors who get incentives from drug firms and medical device companies, according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Data from the study revealed that when accounting for only the respondents’ visits to physicians, the median industry payment amount in 2016 was $510, a significant increase from only $193 median industry payment shown in the Open Payments data system.
Researchers at the Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA surveyed more than 3,500 adults and found that 65 percent of respondents received medical services from a physician who received an industry payment during the past year. Data also showed that respondents who visited a specialist were more likely to have had an appointment with a doctor who received industry payment.
Research showed that 85 percent of patients who visited an orthopedic surgeon saw one who got industry incentives. They also found that 77 percent of patients who saw an obstetrician or gynecologist had had an appointment with an industry-paid doctor. Sixty-five percent of patients who sought psychiatric or neurological help also saw one physician who received industry incentives, research data revealed.
The study also found that 63 percent of respondents who visited family medicine physicians saw doctors receiving incentives from pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Data also revealed that only 45 percent of respondents reported knowing about such arrangement between physicians and drug, medical companies. On top of this, only five percent of patients were aware of whether their doctors received industry payments or not, while only 12 percent were aware that the information is available online.'
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