Originally Posted by Mirzam
The problem with government funding is the pharmaceutical companies bankroll most of the FDA. Or at least a good portion of their funding comes from big pharma.
I assume most government funding in Canada comes from taxes, but it sounds like the USA might have more funding coming from private sources.
Governments are also not without bias.
In an ideal world funding would come from unbiased sources with no conflicts of interest - sadly this is not Utopia.
I think the best real world scenario would be funding coming from multiple types of sources.
I don't think it would resolve the trust issue, but it might help, at least where studies are concerned. It is certainly better than almost all studies being funded by Big Pharm.