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March 2009 Archives

AIG needs their bonuses??

If you don't already have a dart board with Edward Liddy's face on it maybe you should get one. Edward Liddy is the former CEO of Allstate Insurance and the current CEO of AIG. You know AIG from the television commercials and the fact they are most recently in the news for receiving bailout money to the tone of $50 Billion, some of you may even have them as your insurance provider.

Who's in your Doctors pocket?

Pfizer has set aside $2.3 billion for EXPECTED fines for illegal marketing practices for this coming year. Drug and medical device companies have been faced with greatly increase fines for illegal marketing tactics, over the past year. An illegal marketing tactic is when a company pays a doctor excessively to hock their product. The main issue is not that the doctors are being paid to sell products, the main issue is that the doctors are not educated on the overall value or usefulness of the products. We as patients are not holding them accountable to taking care of us when we are sick or injured. We assume that doctors know the best treatment for us, fact is some doctors take the word of the drug companies and the device companies that their product is ideal for you.

Rate your Doctor!!

In this day in age you can go online and rate just about anything you want. Some sites do a number rating system and others allow you to have a forum for what or who you are rating and why you are giving it or them the said favorable or unfavorable comments. There are at least three sites that allow you to do this forum style rating in the medial feild, Zagat's, Angie's List, and RateMDs.com.

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