Doctor Dealin'

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Doctor Dealin' Should you trust your doctor? Most people do without thinking twice about it. You should think twice about it. After all he's taking care of your body. Your body helps you function, it is one of the most important parts of a person.

Free NBA tickets, lavish dinners, golf outings, ski trips and even free tanks of gas are all possible under a medical career. Drug-company representatives give away all of these and more to get doctors to prescribe their medication. Ashley Wazana a M.D. from Montreal states "The prescribing decision is very much based on how much the doctor was wined and dined and sometimes, the decision is inapproiate"(120).

Dr. Goodman said he was struck with disbelief in 1996 when his 9-year-old nephew caught strep throat. He was prescribed Keflex, an expensive antibiotic, when a shot of penicillin would have done the job at a much cheaper price.

Before you give all your money away to your physican, here are some questions you can ask. Anything brand new might imply that the doctor has been a target of a whirlwind launch so ask "How long has this drug been on the market?" Test his knowledge of the competition, "What advantages does this drug have over similar ones?" Doctors aren't always alert. See if he was paying attention to the representative's pitch by asking, "What are the side effects of this drug?" Most often there are nondrug options for your condition, so ask if there are any.

Last, ask for free samples of the drug. If the doctor says yes that is a sure sign that the drug representative has visited the doctor and wants to get you hooked. Another way to find the right drug is to get a second opinion. Next time you go to the doctor ask him these questions to make sure you are not getting tricked.

Work Cited Zollener, Tom; Men's Health October, 2001