• Linda Marquez Goodine

Is Your Doctor Being Bribed by Big Pharma?


Healthcare in America is not health care, it’s SICK care. And it’s BIG, BIG business!

In fact in 2019, the USA spent $3.65 trillion, which is 17.8% of its GDP (gross domestic product) and is expected to increase to $4.3 trillion by 2023 and close to 20% of the GDP, the highest in the world.

Did you know that Big Pharma spends over 30 BILLION dollars per year in medical marketing?

Where do you think the majority of that money goes?

The majority, like 2/3, of Big Pharma’s marketing budget is allocated for educating and training doctors on THEIR drugs and products with the goal of getting those doctors to prescribe those drugs to you!

Some of those costs include free samples of those drugs, paid meals, travel perks, entertainment, medical office supplies (very enticing for the new physician), and even direct funding and cash payments.

Is this really a big deal?

This may surprise you but 65% of Americans have a physician that is receiving payments from Big Pharma, according to a 2017 study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Two-thirds (yes 2/3) of physicians are getting paid by Big Pharma to prescribe a medication – and sometimes regardless if you really need it or not, or if there’s a better alternative available (like lifestyle changes diet, exercise, proper sleep and stress management).

Don’t you think that might affect their judgement when YOU ask about natural alternative therapies, possibly getting off your medications or trying something more natural?

Well, if you are wondering if your doctor has received medical marketing funds, you can find out.

Thanks to former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, it requires Big Pharma to report any recipients of cash payments or gifts under the Physician Payment Sunshine Act. You can look up your doctor, hospital or any clinic at www.cms.gov/openpayments


(The database is only updated through 2018, so make sure to check back later for recent payment activity)

So you must understand that YOUR health should be YOUR responsibility because it’s your body and you have more to lose than your doctor. It’s time to understand your own health, know what your labs mean and have a clear plan of what you need to do to take back your health and not depend on your doctor for everything.

Your health should be a team approach, you and your doctor, and you should understand the plan.

I have made it my mission to help our patients understand health in a simple way, understand their body, their labs and that it’s a team effort to optimal health.

I am not saying you should never go to the doctor. When there is a crisis, yes absolutely GO! However the majority of the doctor office visits are related to lifestyle and this is something you can change!


I invite you to read through our blogs, get the free ebooks available on our website, listen to our podcast, Wellness Wednesday Inspiration, check out our YouTube videos, and follow us on our facebook page for information that can change your life for the better.

Schedule a 15 minute free phone consultation to see if we can help you and stay tuned for our new online programs to optimize your thyroid, gut, hormones and even learn how to reverse diabetes naturally!

References:

https://www.cms.gov/OpenPayments

https://policyadvice.net/health-insurance/insights/health-care-industry/

Medicine and Poisonous Pharma

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/12/books/pharma-gerald-posner.html

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