Dollars for Doctors part one

MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - You probably don't realize some physicians around our area are very well-compensated by drug companies. Many doctors receive trips, cash, food and drink for time devoted to the work of the big pharmaceutical companies.

Close to $50 million has been given to Michigan doctors the last couple of years from drug companies. Some of it's for research and some of it's for speaking engagements. Ultimately these relationships we investigated make you wonder whether doctors are playing favorites prescribing your medication.

Newschannel 3's Chief Investigative Reporter David Bailey dug though thousands of records and asked questions whether these payments are clouding your doctor's judgment.

You can look at the database on ProPublica to find out if your doctor was paid by the drug companies. You can find that database here: