Bill Would Stop Insurers from Paying Doctors to Switch Drugs

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Denver (AP) A State Senate Committee backed a bill today that would prevent health insurers from paying doctors to switch patients' drugs.

Democratic Senator Paula Sandoval says a patient's health should be a doctor's primary concern and there shouldn't be any financial incentive.

The bill is backed by both patient advocates and drug maker Pfizer but opposed by AARP, Kaiser Permanente and the Colorado Association of Health Plans. Kaiser Permanente opposes any kind of kickbacks but lobbyist Susan Cox said the bill wouldn't do anything to stop manufacturers from Pfizer from offering incentives to doctors to buy more expensive drugs.

The bill (house bill 1411) was backed by the Senate Finance Committee.