Some cancer docs say their income tied to treatments
A survey of cancer doctors finds that some believe they get paid more when they administer their patients' chemotherapy and other drugs, raising concerns about conflict of interest and the potential for overtreatment.Full Story
Since: Dec 05
#1 Jan 1, 2013
I've been studying this phenomenon over the last ten years. I thank Dr. Nancy Keating and her colleagues for giving this voice again. Medical oncologists should be taken out of the retail pharmacy business and force them to be "doctors" again. Selling cancer chemotherapy with concessions creates conflicts of interest for oncologists.
A precursor to the modern Chemotherapy Concession going on in the United States had been forbidden in Germany since the 13th century, as a result of a very visionary German ruler, Frederick II of Hohenstaufen, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire of the Germanic Nation, and his visionary law (Edict of Salerno) regarding the separation of the professions of Physician and Pharmacist.
His 1241 Edict of Salerno (sometimes called Constitution of Salerno) made the first legally fixed separation of the occupations of physician and apothecary. Physicians were forbidden to double as pharmacists and the prices of various medicinal remedies were fixed. This became a model for regulation of the practice of pharmacy throughout Europe.
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