Who's My Doctor

Letter to the Editor: A Light On Drugs

Dr. May Nguyen, a founding member of Who’s My Doctor, wrote a letter to the editor in the Houston Chronicle and the need for transparency:

“I was disappointed that only one sentence in the entire article alluded to the research about the influence of pharmaceutical representatives through their free pens, dinners and drug samples….
Studies led by Dr. Richard F. Adair published in 2005 and Dr. Barbalee Symm published in 2006 have demonstrated that drug samples do influence physicians to prescribe the sampled drugs more frequently.
A recent study led by Michael P. Hurley and his colleagues from the Stanford University School of Medicine and published this year revealed that free drug samples guided dermatologists away from prescribing less expensive generic medicines…..
Patients must be able to trust that their doctor is prescribing medicine that is evidence-based, not because he or she received a free sample.”

AP News: Who Pays Your Doc?

Matthew Perrone’s piece in AP News mentions Who’s My Doctor, and quotes Dr. Leana Wen and Dr. Stephen Smith, members of the WMD.

AP News. Who Pays Your Doctor? Coming to a Site Near You. July 9th, 2014.
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Seeking Your Help in Total Transparency

Here our joint provider-patient petition to call for honesty and transparency in medical care. Please sign here! Read More...

In Favor of Transparency

From Leah Binder, President/CEO of the Leapfrog Group: “…Transparency is becoming a nonnegotiable component of ethical clinical practice…” Read More...

Who's My Doctor, on NPR!

Our story on NPR, and a wonderful endorsement: “Who can be against transparency? Surely not physicians. Our job is to treat, heal, and provide succor to our patients. Is there disagreement here? If we have interests, limitations, or preoccupations that would compromise or confuse that mission, shouldn’t we disclose that? As a patient (which we all are), I would hope so.” Read More...

To the Doctors: A Response (Part 2)

“All of this information is irrelevant to patients. It’s not their business, and I wouldn’t want to know this about my doctor.”

Who’s My Doctor comes under fire from doctors who are not thrilled with the concept of transparency. Here is part 2 of my responses. Read More...

When Not Knowing Price Costs Lives

Optometrist Dr. Ali Khoshnevis talks about what happens when people are literally priced out of life-saving medications--when in fact they could have found cheaper alternatives right down the block. Another important take on the importance of transparency. Read More...

Trust First

Guest blog by internist physician Dr. Aaron Stupple, about trust and why he signed on as a founding member of Who’s My Doctor.

“In the busy life of medicine, establishing trust is hard. The forces that inform our priorities as physicians are often subtle…..” Read More...

To the Doctors: A Response (Part 1)

“Doctors need drug companies. We’re not influenced by them. They just pay for lunches, and I need to eat. Bedsides, it’s not my patients’ business what I do.”

Who’s My Doctor comes under fire from doctors who are not thrilled with the concept of transparency. Here is part 1 of my responses. Read More...

What Do Patients Think About Transparency?

In the ER, my patients have responded positively to my disclosure. “I had no idea doctors get paid to do more,” some said, while others were surprised: “I thought all doctors got paid by drug companies.” Nobody has said, I wish you didn’t tell me, or why are you explaining this to me.

Here is what prominent patient advocates have to say.
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How to Fight Fear and Restore Trust in Medicine

For the last week, I’ve been trying something new. This is how I've been introducing myself to my patients in the ER:
"I'm Dr. Leana Wen. I'm your doctor. I belong to an initiative called "Who's My Doctor," that aims for transparency in medicine. I accept no money from drug companies or device companies. I do not make any more from ordering more tests or procedures on you, and I also don't make more for ordering less. I'm telling you this so that you can be sure that everything I do for you is in your best interest."
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Calling All Doctors

Fear in medicine has led to distrust, disconnection and poor medical care. The driver of fear is secrecy and shame, and the antidote is honesty and transparency. Doctors are public servants whose duty is to be accountable to our patients. We need to break through the barrier of fear by sharing with our patients and the public who we are. Today is the announcement of a new campaign: Who’s My Doctor. We are calling all doctors and patients to participate. Read More...