Issues at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference

Many issues brought up at the 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen, Denmark, were relevant to the problems of conflicts of interest, crime and corruption in health care which we often discuss on Health Care Renewal, and hence bear repeating here.The discussion certainly got at the complexity of fighting corruption, seemingly one of many…

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Update: How to Challenge Health Care Corruption Under a Corrupt Regime

Summary: the Corruption of Health Care Leadership as a Major Cause of Health Care Dysfunction As we wrote in August, 2017, Transparency International (TI) defines corruption asAbuse of entrusted power for private gainIn 2006, TI published a report on health care corruption, which asserted that corruption is widespread throughout the world, serious, and causes severe…

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The Politicization of Pharma, and Other Health Care Corporations – Walk on the Dark (Money) Side

Introduction – Health Care Corporations Profess Social ResponsibilityAs we noted recently, large health corporations, which deal with patients, health professionals, and government regulators, usually profess their social resonsibility.  For example,Giant health care insurance company Aetna advertises its social corporate responsibility, includingAs a health care leader, we believe that our corporate responsibility starts with helping people…

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Pharma’s Dark Money: Touting Corporate Responsibility and Non-Partisanship, But Using Dark Money to Promote Self-Serving Policies and Partisan Causes

Health Care Corporations Promote Their Social Responsibility The US health care system’s extreme dsyfnctionality is now a cliche.  So it’s no wonder that everyone seems to want to make things better.  Big health care corporations in particular tout their socially responsible ideas for health care reform.For example, PhRMA, the trade organization for drug and biotechnology…

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The Mystery of the Ownership of the Trinity School of Medicine

Trinity School of Medicine Vice President Boasts that It Is “Not the Same” As Most Offshore Medical Schools A post promoting the Trinity School of Medicine just appeared on the KevinMD blog. It was entitled “Addressing the ‘ugly truth’ about Caribbean medical schools: Why they’re not all the same.” Its purpose seemed to be to…

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Remembering Dr Bernard Carroll

Dr Bernard Carroll passed away on September 10, 2018.  Dr Carroll had a distinguished career, so it was a surprise and delight that he also chose to be a stalwart Health Care Renewal blogger.  He was with us since 2005, contributing insightful, pithy, provocative and important posts.  He also authored some of our most widely…

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Apologizing for Problems with Commenting

My apologies!I discovered a few days ago that our Google overlords had stopped notifying me about pending comments some months ago.  No indicator of the number of pending comments appears on my Blogger dashboard.  I just realized I had a large backlog of pending comments, most of which were spam, but some of which were…

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Making Abusive Contracts Great Again – Non-Disclosure Agreements, Which Have Bedeviled Employed Physicians, Go From Anechoic to Viral Courtesy Omarosa

Introduction: Confidentiality Clauses, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Non-Disparagement ClausesIn 2016, Dr Wally Smith and I published an article on how contracts employed physicians sign may threaten their patients and professionalism.(1)  At the time, we wrote,clauses in the contracts that physicians sign with their employers or that their employers sign with third parties may be part of a…

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