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Government reveals $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals
Government reveals $3.5 billion in industry ties to doctors, hospitals

Opening the book on long-hidden industry relationships, the federal government revealed nearly $3.5 billion worth of payments and other ties that U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals have with drug and medical-device companies. These financial details, published Tuesday under a requirement in the federal health law, have been sought for years by patient advocates and lawmakers from both political parties concerned about conflicts of interest in the medical profession. Initially, the new federal website includes 4.4 million payments made during the last five months of 2013. More data will be published next summer. Officials said the data cover financial transactions involving...

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