A primary care physician in the United States receives an average, total, annual compensation of roughly $195,000, and likely will take in more than $6.5 million over a lifetime of practice. Ask most Americans and that’s a respectable, and deserved, income.
Which makes it all the more eyebrow-raising that a leading journal, JAMA Internal Medicine, published a study that finds that Big Pharma can sway doctors’ drug prescribing practices for about the cost of a large pizza and a few sodas, roughly $20.
Just to be clear, this scrutiny involved more than 275,000 MDs, and more than 65,000 payments over four medications. The research doesn’t purport to demonstrate cause-and-effect but shows a troubling correlation.