It looks like the doctors have actually done a good job of staying out of the for profit business, or have they? Pharma is heavily involved in the stock market, much more so than hospitals and doctors. Pharma is driving our entire healthcare system.
Researchers have found that there are incentives to research products that can yield a profit, for example, pharmaceuticals. It was also found that more than 80% of the NIH’s funding is awarded through almost 50,000 competitive grants to more than 300,000 researchers at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research institutions in every state and around the world. The NIH controls the funding and research done and it tracks exactly pharma. Money for research goes to places where money can be made. There is not nearly as much money to be had to researching homeopathic remedies when they can produce the exact same outcomes.
“First, the slippery slope isn’t flat even at the beginning. It all starts almost immediately. As social animals we humans learn quickly from our peers, colleagues, and friends. We learn very fast in response to the internal and external pressures to produce income. I recently counted nearly 6000 advertisements for primary care in the United States on a leading online clinician recruitment site.”
That is what physicians said about the early days in practicing. There are pressures within and outside of the health care system to produce profits. This is something that has been advised against since the 1960’s.
Physicians subscribe to the science of the pharmaceutical industry. It’s the only thing they know and it’s their only continuing education. If physicians have more education about things outside of the pharmaceutical industry, then they will be able to produce the best outcomes possible. We need to be encouraging our physicians not to conform to flowchart medicine. We can encourage them to develop and promote alternative therapies. We have identified in our work, “locked docs”, those who’d like to practice differently, both medical care and health, but the current system has them stuck.
Physicians have little choice but to listen what pharma tells them. They are locked into the current system and we need to break them out, encourage them to practice medicine their own way.
Google has very strict rules regarding the advertising of pharmaceuticals. Only certain countries are allowed to, implying that other countries have laws against the advertising of pharmaceuticals. Why do so many countries have such strict rules against advertising pharmaceuticals? In our arrogance, we have convinced ourselves that we are smarter than everyone else in the world. Maybe it is time to take a leaf out of someone else’s book.