The government has released its Open Payments website, which will serve to give patients more information about potential conflicts of interests their providers may have.
According to the Huffington Post, “The aim is to enable people to discover whether the doctors and hospitals they visit may have motives other than patients' best interests when they choose one drug or medical device over another that may be better or cheaper.”
This website will make some of the more hidden aspects of healthcare costs more accessible to the public.
However, “the first set of numbers in this huge new database only includes payments from a five-month period, which limits patients' and researchers' ability to track how closely tied one doctor or teaching hospital may be to the drug and device industries.”
The AMA has called for a delay in the implementation of the website to make the information it posts more accurate.
Summary by MedicalGroups.com
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