W ining a dinning healthcare providers is not just done by big pharmaceutical companies. Health insurance companies have jumped on the influence bandwagon to entice physicians to prescribe more generic drugs which are less pricey over their brand name counterparts.
"All the doctors had to do was show up, enjoy a free dinner at an elegant Rochester, N.Y., area restaurant specializing in steaks, chops and top-shelf wines, and pocket $100 on the way out the door."
This influencing would seem not to be in the best interest of patient care. More of the story here on how your doctor may be getting kickbacks by having you take certain drugs that may not be as good as name brands.