Medicine: Kickback

It was shocking news to Dr. William .H. Leake, president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association—shocking and incredible. At first he refused to believe that 70% of the country's physicians were taking rebates from laboratories, opticians, drugstores, medical supply firms. One day last week Dr. Leake stormed into the Los Angeles Better Business Bureau and snorted that the bureau's charges were unfair, that the rebate-takers were only "a small if undesirable minority."

For an hour Dr. Leake listened to evidence presented by the bureau's Robert Bauer. Bauer showed him laboratory records with the...

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