• Repeal the gift ban?

    Very funny, from the Carlat Psychiatry Blog.  My favorite part:

    Hopefully the State Senate will realize that Massachusetts doctors have stronger ethical compasses than Massachusetts politicians, who since 2009 have been barred from receiving anything of value from lobbyists. Lawmakers are, indeed, vulnerable to inappropriate influence from meals and other gifts. But physicians would never prescribe more Abilify after enjoying a steak dinner funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb. After all, they’re doctors!

    • Take that Paul Krugman.

    • Politicians receive campaign contributions. That is like physicians getting their office rent paid for.

      Certainly physicians are easily corrupted, but it is amazing to suggest there are real limitations on the corruption of politicians.