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Obamacare Sunshine Act sheds light on $3.5B paid to doctors

Obamacare Sunshine Act sheds light on $3.5B paid to doctors

U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals received nearly $3.5 billion from pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers over the last five months of 2013, according to a partial set of data released Tuesday by the federal government.

The data mark the first disclosure of anything approaching comprehensive information on the once-confidential financial ties between doctors and drug- and device-makers.

The data include 4.4 million payments and other transfers of value by drug- and device-makers to some 546,000 U.S. physicians and 1,360 teaching hospitals made between Aug. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

But it is significantly incomplete, and physician and industry...

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