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Total Transparency Manifesto

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We are patients and providers who believe that doctors need to be honest, transparent, and accountable.


When we go to the doctor, we are vulnerable and need to trust that our doctors have our best interests at heart.


Doctors have to tell each other at conferences if they are paid by drug companies or medical device companies; they should also tell their patients about these potential conflicts of interest. They need to be open with patients if their employers pay them more to do more, or to do less. These incentives directly affect patient care.


We believe that informed consent isn't complete without doctors' disclosure of how their financial incentives align with their treatment recommendations.


We also believe that patients have a right to know our doctors’ views on healthcare issues such as preventive health, integrative medicine, shared decision-making, end-of-life care, and women’s health. Such beliefs can have an important impact on the provider-patient relationship, and patients need ready access to this information to be empowered to choose the right doctor for us.


Those of us who are doctors, nurses, healthcare providers, and providers-in-training affirm through Who’s My Doctor and this Total Transparency Manifesto that our patients' best interests are our best interests. We know that patients come to us at a time of vulnerability, so we will be vulnerable too. This is a partnership; we are in this together.


With this pledge, we are coming together as patients, doctors, and healthcare providers to rebuild our healthcare system into one that upholds professionalism, prioritizes patient values, and respects human dignity.

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  • Theresa Feighny
    Theresa Feighny United States, Plano
    Jun 24, 2016
    Jun 24, 2016
    I read an article in The Economist Magazine highlighting all the ways doctors receive payment for prescribing and/or administering drugs under Medicare. This practice, though legal, is highly unethical and detrimental to the trust relationship between me and my doctors. On top of this, paying doctors with Medicare funds is robbing the system of much-needed funds to carry on future care of our elderly.

    Why do doctors have such privilege? They already make astronomical earnings thanks to the medical coding system that allows them to charge for every tiny part of patient care. Have you looked on your detailed bill lately? If you had a blood test, look for the charge for drawing the blood. The doctor/patient relationship is becoming more and more adversarial and we, the patients, are vulnerable both financially and health-wise. I no longer trust that my doctors have my best interest at heart.
  • Karen Russell Smith
    Karen Russell Smith United States, Lafayette
    May 01, 2016
    May 01, 2016
    This is the right thing to do. Thank you for putting patients first.
  • Mike Roeder
    Mike Roeder United States, New York
    Mar 02, 2016
    Mar 02, 2016
    Demanding transparency is more vital than ever and if we all keep up the pressure then we may truly achieve the better outcomes that we need to move forward as a society.
  • Elsie Campbell
    Elsie Campbell United States, Ponca City
    Jan 17, 2016
    Jan 17, 2016
    After seeing how my parents suffered at the hands of medical professionals in their final days, this is a very important issue to me as I begin to age, and begin needing more and more specialist care myself. Family doctors I think have more respect for the individual as they learn to know you over the years, but with specialists, you become a collection of body parts to be 'cured' without respect for the individual or his quality of life. Thank you for beginning this discussion. I heard about this petition on NPR program this afternoon.
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