Should people pay $$ to participate in clinical research?

This should rile someone up: What if we made people pay to participate in clinical research?

Ezekiel J. Emanuel and Steven Joffe (professors in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania) published an opinion piece in The New York Times on July 31, 2015, titled Should we charge patients for medical research? 

The article is short and provocative.

If you read the comments on opinion pieces in The Times, you’ll notice that many of the people who took the time to write a comment feel that they already are being charged for medical research, particularly in the form of taxes and high pharmaceutical costs. At least one person wrote that he IS being charged to participate in a clinical trial – he received a bill for facility services.

Taken together, the article and the comments provide some interesting things to consider in this era of reduced financial support for research.

What do you think?

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