Senate Probe Uncovers Widespread Doctor Payments

Law360 (February 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- U.S. lawmakers have called for legislation mandating full disclosure of health care industry payments to physicians, following revelations that five top orthopedic implant makers spent $230 million on payments to doctors last year.

Disguised as consultant fees, educational grants, gifts and clinical trial funds, payments by medical supply companies to doctors has become a “pervasive and industrywide” practice that needs to be curbed, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said at a hearing Wednesday.

The U.S Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing followed a six-month investigation into the...
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