Influencing Doctors

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In recent years, hospitals and universities have tightened financial conflict-of-interest rules for physicians, cracking down on things like drug industry-funded speaking or consulting and kickbacks from device manufactures. But corporations still spend big bucks to sponsor medical society conventions. Does this money improperly influence these associations and their members?


Charles Ornstein, president of the Association of Health Care Journalists and senior reporter for ProPublica, an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest

Kirk Hanson, professor and executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

David Rothman, director of the Center on Medicine as a Profession at Columbia Medical School

Norman Kahn, executive vice-president and CEO of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies