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“The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is fi­nally poised to en­act badly needed reg­u­la­tions re­quir­ing that the man­u­fac­tur­ers of drugs, med­i­cal de­vices and med­i­cal sup­plies dis­close all pay­ments they make to doc­tors or teach­ing hos­pi­tals. The in­for­ma­tion, which would be posted on a gov­ern­ment web­site, will al­low pa­tients to de­cide whether they need to worry about any pos­si­ble con­flicts of in­ter­est. ... There is also a lot of cash be­ing spread around to pay for doc­tors’ travel and en­ter­tain­ment or for gifts or mod­est meals for a pre­scrib­ing doc­tor’s staff.”

—New York Times “Er­langer Health Sys­tem of­fi­cials have a dis­turb­ing way of mak­ing Er­langer look bad, even when they say they are re­or­ga­niz­ing and try­ing to do bet­ter. It’s even worse that they gra­tu­itously dam­age the hospi­tal’s public re­la­tions by deny­ing le­git­i­mate re­quests for public records—this news­pa­per has three for­mal re­quests for records pend­ing. ... Re­fus­ing to re­lease records that are re­quired by law to be dis­closed doesn’t keep Er­langer em­ploy­ees, the gen­eral public or the me­dia from mak­ing cru­cial ob­ser­va­tions, nor does it sat­isfy the law.”

—Chat­tanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press

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