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- Aug 5, 2008
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File this under "random crap that is illegal for no reason" and then tell us why Kaiser Permenante can vertically integrate to not only have employed MDs, Chiropractors etc but also have pharmacies and optical retail shops in house?
That is the U.S. in a nutshell if you are a Stanford, Crocker, Hopkins, Morgan, Rockefeller or Doheny (and consequently Henry Kaiser), the laws dont apply because you are "too big to fail" or some crap.
What a load!!
Um - I think it's illegal for a good reason. If the patient is being directed to fill their prescription at an in-house pharmacy, and the profits from the pharmacy go back to the physician, they will be motivated to prescribe more expensive drugs and more of them. It's exactly the same as having an in-house pathology lab.
There can be an in-house pharmacy and whatever else - that's not a problem. It's only a problem when the profits from the pharmacy go back to the physician in any way. If the same company is paying both the physician and running the pharmacy, that should be fine as long as the physician isn't getting a bonus for prescribing particular "profitable" drugs.