Are your doctors billing your insurance company for a placebo ?
A new study reveals that as many as 1/2 of all medical doctors give their patients a placebo without the knowledge or consent.
About half of American doctors in a new survey say they regularly give patients placebo treatments ” usually drugs or vitamins that won’t really help their condition. And many of these doctors are not honest with their patients about what they are doing, the survey found.
That contradicts advice from the American Medical Association, which recommends doctors use treatments with the full knowledge of their patients.
“It’s a disturbing finding,” said Franklin G. Miller, director of the research ethics program at the U.S. National Institutes Health and one of the study authors. “There is an element of deception here which is contrary to the principle of informed consent.”
The study was being published online in Friday’s issue of BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal.
Insurance companies are unwittingly paying for treatment which is a sham.
Half the doctors reported using placebos several times a month, nearly 70 percent of those described the treatment to their patients as “a potentially beneficial medicine not typically used for your condition.” Only 5 percent of doctors explicitly called it a placebo treatment.
Most doctors used actual medicines as a placebo treatment: 41 percent used painkillers, 38 percent used vitamins, 13 percent used antibiotics, 13 percent used sedatives, 3 percent used saline injections, and 2 percent used sugar pills.