Medtronic defends payments to physicians

  • Article by: JANET MOORE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 27, 2009 - 8:48 PM

The CEO stresses the value of medical devices and of alliances that can improve them.

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katnincAug. 27, 0912:55 PM

...building contractors shouldn't go to Home Depot? Private business. Stay out of it...

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madAug. 27, 0912:58 PM

I have issues with compaines paying doctors for the wrong reasons. If its used to improve technological then great. However I fear the undo influence pushing one kind of product over another it could create. Case in point, my wife was told by her doctor that she should go on the patch for birth control. She talked to me about it, and I discouraged her from doing it because I read many bad things about the patch. What I didn't know was the pushing of the patch to my wife was so intense that they didn't really consider other options for her.At first I backed off my stance since I figured the doctor knew best. But within a couple weeks my wife started having massive mood swings and other physical issues. I was certain at that point it was the patch causing it and convinced her to get off of it. The issues cleared up soon after. Now I have no proof that the doctor was paid to push the patch, however I suspect they where as to why they were so insistent on getting my wife on it. Money can cloud even the best judgments, and we don't need doctors judgments clouded.

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themostancieAug. 27, 09 1:03 PM

...and for more evidence, look at the ads running in the Star-Tribune website dealing with the crippling disease of "eyelashes-aren't-long-enough" (Latisse). I wonder who paid for the research that deals with the horrifying consequences of not having beautiful eyelashes... Medtronic makes some wonderful products, but this type of arrangement is unethical.

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themostancieAug. 27, 09 1:08 PM

makes many good products, but this is problematic. For more info on why our health care costs are out-of-range, check out the ads that run on this site for Latisse, the drug that deals with the crippling disease of "eyelashes-aren't-long-enough". Where did that come from? Where was the research done? Who paid for it? How much will this cost all of us?

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themostancieAug. 27, 09 1:09 PM

for the duplicate posting...glitch time!

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jstanthrnbrAug. 27, 09 1:10 PM

Is that Medtronic pays physicians for feedback on products they have developed. Probably not much different from "Nielsen ratings" offers its' responders with financial incentives.

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pspfradohAug. 27, 09 1:21 PM

Medtronic has doctors as consultants. I guess when you are promoting potentially life saving devices, their input is more valuable than that of the janitor at the hospital.

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hockeyfoxAug. 27, 09 1:28 PM

And that is why health care is so costly. Some doctors really care about their patients welfare, but most are more concerned about the paycheck. The care I have received has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. I now spend more time filling out paperwork and insurance and payment information than I actually spend time with my doctor. What a shame.

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allarson73Aug. 27, 09 1:45 PM

What if the device developed by the Doctor and Medtronic is inferior to the device developed by Guidant and their consultant Doctor. I go for spinal surgery and the Guidant product works much better for me. Which product will my doctor use if he is paid by Medtronic? He may not even know about the other product or have a natural bias against it.

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thefedAug. 27, 09 1:50 PM

defend paid relationships with health insurance companies, wallstreet bankers and corrupt union bosses.

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