Transparency to Protect the Patient-Physician Relationship
WHY THIS MATTERS
Trust is a vital sign in any health care system. And the therapeutic relationship is based on confidence that the decisions made by health professionals are made in the best interests of patients without any hidden conflicts of interest.
A high performing health care system also needs to ensure decisions are being based on the best available evidence.
Involvement with industry may not taint judgements or opinions, but patients and the public should be informed when it comes to such interactions. The same is also true for health care providers whom rely on experts or institutions when it comes to making decisions.
The push for such transparency is not new. The United States--the world's largest and most sophisticated pharmaceutical market-- passed the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in 2013 to have all payments from as little as $10 reported to the federal government. Britain, France and Denmark have followed suit.
And patients and the public want this information. Since 2010, Pro Publica has put together a user-friendly platform that now has over 13 million page views.