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John A. Renner, Jr., MD responds to Boston Globe article

AAAP President John A. Renner, Jr., wrote a Letter to the Editor in the Boston Globe, responding to an article, “The addict brokers: Middlemen profit as desperate patients are ‘treated like paychecks’,” that ran in the Globe May 28, 2017. The article details the overdose death of a Massachusetts man whom the article alleges was given free airfare to Florida by a “patient broker” to enter a treatment facility there. According to the article, patient brokers can make thousands of dollars a year by finding patients with substance use disorder and sending them to clinics, some of which do not have a high standard of care. The facilities, who charge private insurers up to $10,000 per week, pay the patient brokers to bring them patients.