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Online Database Allows Patients To See Who Pays Their Doctor
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on August 16, 2014 @ 7:40PM
Created on August 16, 2014 @ 6:08PM
A new database that shows payments made to doctors and physicians will soon be available online for the publics viewing.
The federal government says it will go online in late September, and it will allow medical patients to find out how much their doctor is being paid by drug makers and device manufacturers.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is calling the database the Open Payment System, and says it will let patients check and see if their doctors have any conflict of interests in which treatments and drugs they are prescribing.
The Open Payment System stems from the 2010 Affordable Care Act, which allows the public to see how physicians and doctors are paid, and aims to expose conflict of interests that lead to more expensive treatments.
One local resident feels the public should know this information to an extent.
"Well that's pretty good information for people to know. They would like to know it, but doctors can't tell everything" said Mary-Kay Urso of Marion County.
The Open Payment System database is expected to be available to the public on September 30th.

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