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Americans Don't Support Gainsharing

Giving doctors monetary rewards for choosing certain technologies has been at the center of strong debate.  Many device manufacturers are against the practice, and it turns out that a lot of Americans don't favor it either. According to a Harris Interactive survey, 67% of Americans think gainsharing should be banned. The participants were asked via telephone whether or not hospitals should be permitted to pay doctors who select less expensive treatments or if the practice should be prohibited.

Slightly more than one-quarter (26%) of the people thought hospitals should be able to more forward with gainsharing, while the remaining 7% weren't sure. MD&DI received the information about the survey, which was conducted between September 15 and 19, from AdvaMed today.

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