“More than 80% of Patient Advocacy Groups Accept Industry Money”
It’s no secret that money buys influence. The term “lobbyist” has become synonymous with politics, and it’s only becoming more prominent. We hear of, and see, our doctors pushing unnecessary medication and procedures provided to them by Pharmaceutical sponsors far too often.
When it comes to health, it seems that a patient’s best interests fall by the wayside in favor of profits. Naturally, many of these medications and procedures help the patient, but at an unnecessary cost.
“An examination of more than a hundred of the largest U.S. nonprofit organizations created to improve health and fight disease has found that more than 8 in 10 get financial support from companies involved in the drug, biotechnology and medical device industry.”
It should be no surprise that one of the most profitable industries in America suffers from corporate influence, but the numbers are staggering. If even one doctor, patient advocacy firm, or medical professional is putting profits before values, it’s too many. We’re not talking about one organization here, we’re talking about more than 80% of 100+ “nonprofit” organizations.
Values Based Patient Advocates is proud to be part of the less than 20% that puts their clients’ health, wealth, and values first when advocating for the care they need. We feel that we shouldn’t be part of the proud minority that has its priorities in order; we’d love to see the rest of the industry follow our example.
On the other hand, if they want to worry about the money and let us worry about patients’ rights and values, that’s fine by us.
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-via Huffington Post / Reuters, Gene Emery