Ed Silverman over at Pharmalot wrote up a quick post on the cost (to doctors) of spending time with drug reps.
You can read the full article here – the bottom line of the calculation was that, on average, a doc may save about 1 hour per week by not saving reps, thereby saving perhaps $6,000/year.
OK – 50 hours, 6K.
Now, let’s think about how much of a doctor’s time is flushed down the drain because of the ridiculous amount of paperwork, follow-up, and cost due to government regulation, HMO/insurance procedures, malpractice insurance, and all the other nonsense that sucks away the lifeblood of a physician’s practice.
Where’s the real threat to how we practice medicine? And how come there isn’t more outcry about Big Government and Big Tort Law? The lawyers don’t even give away free pens.