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US healthcare lobbyists outspend other pressure groups

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:786
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Healthcare lobbyists spent $237m (£130m; £195m), more than any other industry, to influence US senators and representatives, the White House, and federal agencies in 2000, says an article in the American Journal of Medicine (2004;116:474-7).

    Drug companies and medical supply companies together spent $96m. Physicians and other health professionals, such as nurses, spent $46m, hospitals and nursing homes $40m, health insurance and managed care companies $31m, and disease advocacy and public health organisations spent $12m. During the study period, 1997-2000, spending on lobbying by health professionals grew by only 10% compared with 26% by other organisations.

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