Saturday, June 2, 2012
Ask Your Doctor: Are You Being Bribed to Recommend This?
By Dr. Mercola
Ever wonder why your child's pediatrician—or your own physician for that matter—seems to be pushing vaccines on you every time you walk in the door? Does your doctor actually seem angry if you're not interested in buying a dose of that flu vaccine?
Well, maybe it's because he's working for what amounts to a bribe from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to increase the practice's vaccination rates...
In a program called AFIX (for Assessment, Feedback, Incentive, and eXchange)i, the Incentive part refers to lucrative "gifts" the CDC offers your doctor for pushing vaccines on patients.
The AFIX programii encourages "friendly competition" among staff to see who can increase vaccination rates the most, and prizes with monetary and career enhancing value include such things as "scholarships" to training and professional meetings (a potentially huge value that could amount to hundreds of dollars per person), to plaques, and public recognition, such as being named a "Vaccine Champion."
Financial incentives also include opportunities to partner with pharmaceutical companies for additional funding sources.