Do you ever visit medical websites to check out a condition that you or a family member has, or to gain advice about healthcare insurance?
I do, and while there tends to be much conflicting information on the Internet regarding various illnesses and injuries, by visiting several different sites you can often get a pretty good idea of what might be causing a problem and how best to deal with it. We trust these types of sites because we believe they are unbiased. It’s all about information and is politically neutral. Well, it was, anyway.
Recently we learned that WebMD, which is ranked No. 2 in the country for dispensing health advice and which I had thought was a pretty respectable company, is now accepting money from the Obama Administration to promote ObamaCare and educate doctors about it.
WebMD and the Obama Administration had already been saying nice things about each other prior to the government contract being signed, so guess which direction the company will be steering people now that it’s going to be paid $4.8 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to educate healthcare professionals about parts of ObamaCare.
Telling people what its advertisers want them to hear rather than what might be the best interest of website visitors is nothing new for WebMD. Recently the company posted an online mental health test and informed 100 percent of survey takers that they were at risk for major depression. Why would they do that? Well, as it turns out, pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly was the sponsor of the test, and this company produces the anti-depressant Cymbalta.
Gee, I’m glad there was no conflict of interest there. Thank goodness that WebMD officials have told us that there will also be no conflict of interest in connection with their new relationship with ObamaCare. They say that their medical news and advice will continue to be independent, with no influence due to their relationship with ObamaCare.
There was no video accompanying that announcement, so it’s impossible to say whether their noses grew very long while they were speaking.
Do you ever check out online sites for medical news and advice? Are you concerned that those sites will tell you what they want you to think rather than what might be best for you? I’d love to hear from you about this.