Here are excerpts from a disturbing article about well known conflict of interests between some oncologists and their patients:

A warning EVERY cancer patient needs to hear

The very best con man might not fit your idea of what a con man looks and acts like.

For instance, some con men wear stethoscopes around their necks.

I’m not talking about doctors in general, I’m talking about a certain type of oncologist who knows how to work the system, tell his patients what they want to hear, and turn a nice profit.

If you or someone you know or love has cancer (and unfortunately, that covers just about all of us), you have to be on the lookout for one of the cruelest and most disturbing con jobs in medicine…

…Here’s how (the “chemo con”) works…

An oncologist purchases chemotherapy drugs directly from drug companies, then bills the patient’s insurer.

But there’s a little wrinkle here that patients never hear about: Oncologists typically get a deep discount off the “sticker” price of the drugs. Then they bill insurers for the sticker price, which is sometimes more than 20 percent higher than the amount paid by the doctor.

Believe it or not, that’s not the con. In fact, this practice is completely legal and considered a “concession” to offset oncologists’ overhead costs. The con occurs when an oncologist uses a chemo drug that he knows will not be effective, or administers it to a patient he knows will get no benefit…

I am very familiar with the practice of oncologists marking-up the price of chemotherapy drugs.  I’m not sure I’m ready to endorse the more serious charge of oncologists intentionally prescribing drugs they know won’t work.

This article ran on a site called Next Level  It was written by Jenny Thompson, the Director of the Health Sciences Institute and editor of the HSI e-Alert. 
I’m not sure what that all means.  But I believe there is at least some truth marbled throughout the article.  Read it and see what you think:  Possible Chemotherapy Con/

Ms Thompson ends her piece this way:

  …if a doctor prescribes chemo–especially in the very late stages–it’s time to start asking as many questions as possible to make sure the con isn’t on.

Good advice, even if you don’t believe her “con” theory.  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat

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