Transparency or a truthful relationship of doctor and patient is essential to maintain trust in the doctor patient relationship.

Leana Wen on argues for an honest disclosure of potential conflicts of interest of doctors who are on the payroll list of powerful drug companies whose drugs they use and promote.

My personal opinion is that doctors are not perfect Gods who don’t make mistakes and there is good reason to ask doctors to disclose their mistakes to the public on the internet. This is so that their mistake rate is public knowledge and perhaps only after the same mistake is repeated more than three times should the doctor be under the potential for a valid medical malpractice suit.

There is currently too much fear in the doctor patient relationship on both sides because trust has severely eroded and it is time to reestablish it as much as possible with the truth and dealing head on with human or doctor fallibility.

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