This is very important and barely enough. When we have orthopedic surgeons, a well-paid specialty, reportedly taking $830 million in kickbacks for replacement joint selectionone at Harvard University was alleged to have received $6.7 millionand the information had to come out in an congressional hearing and not from our profession, we have a serious problem. We are in danger of losing our regulation as a self-governing profession, and will be regulated as a business. Remember, no purchasing agent who took $830 million dollars in bribes would be out on the street.
Byron J. Masterson, M.D.Hidden Harbor GroupSarasota, Fla.