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Does Your Dr. Get Drug Money? How To Look It Up On New Mass. Database

Massachusetts just became the most transparent state in the nation, at least in terms of making public online a great data-dump of the money that health care providers receive from drug and device makers. The Boston Globe reports here that the database lists $35.7 million in payments from the second half of 2009, of which $16 million went to physicians.

Want to look up your own doctor? My initial experience is that it’s not perfectly simple. I went first to the link the Globe provided, and eventually figured out that I should click on “Information for Consumers,” then on “reports” then on “reports” again, then on “custom reports.” (Prepared reports will give you a gallery of who gets and gives the most money — also fun but not so personally relevant.)

Then I clicked on “Payments made to a recipient report,” then on “Run payments made to a recipient report” and finally, finally, could plug in my doctor’s name. She looks clean, I’m happy to report. Not that I would’ve considered her “unclean” if she were there. I just might’ve perhaps asked her twice about any drug she recommended if she were listed as receiving money from its manufacturer…

If you try this at home, please share your experience! Did your doctor or other provider get any money or not? How do you feel about this?

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