A spine surgeon who also performs research at the University of Wisconsin was paid $19 million over five years from Medtronic, Inc. while using its products on his patients. This activity was discovered by a senator who was investigating potential conflicts of interest in medicine and medical products research.
Unnecessary injuries to patients in a hospital setting may result from medical residents who are obtaining needed and valuable training, but who lack experience, are inadequately supervised or may be overly fatigued from not having adequate rest periods. This can result in errors in judgment, errors in diagnosis and treatment errors leading to injury and death to patients.
Medicare has recently unveiled a program to give nursing homes a ranking system based upon a five-star level of ratings. The determining factors include staffing and the results of state inspections.
Physicians have a conflict of interest when they are being paid by corporate entities as researchers for drug and medical device manufacturers. A large number of physicians, especially at teaching hospitals, are on the payrolls of some of America's largest corporations, those who are pharmaceutical manufacturers and the maker of medical devices. Does this influence their treatment?