Docs want pharma payment threshold increased

The review centres on MA’s draft Transparency Model Consultation and Discussion Paper which attempts to emulate US legislation requiring companies to disclose all payments to healthcare professionals over a certain amount.

Measures proposed by MA include forcing doctors to record payments or equivalent gifts worth as little as $10 and to declare payments of as little as $25.

In submissions to the review, medical colleges generally supported reporting payments to doctors but the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) questioned the value of reporting $25 payments and proposed the threshold be $1000.

“Reporting $25 or $100 aggregate payments will lead to a large database of small figures, which may obscure larger payments to practitioners that may be of greater public interest,” its submission said.

“Reporting of small figures can reduce the potential behaviour-change impacts of this model.