It turns out that there might be another factor at play.
The DMCB recently received this rather stunning (and lightly edited) email Here is a little story I thought I would share. As you know, Atul Gawande wrote about McAllen TX over 3 years ago. You would think having the spotlight on them would make people scramble to clean up their act. On a recent flight, I sat next to a medical sales representative. His company has a number sales personnel covering the state of Texas, but none of them are assigned to the McAllen territory. That's because it is known that you have to “pay to play.” In one example, a physician asked the company to send a check to his charity…so they did some research and found the address for the charity was located at a corn field. Reportedly there are dozens of medical companies that service Texas but only 3 or 4 bother to sell in that market. Sounds like old habits die hard!