Obviously, when people sign up for clinical trials, they’re doing a great and good thing. A lot of the time, these are people who are pretty sick, and they’re just looking for some kind of relief. Any drug, even one that still needs to be tested, will do, right?
These people keep medical advancements moving along, just as much as the scientists and researchers do. But how do they get compensated? Some might say, well — money, of course! It’s not always as simple as that. If the group is coming from far away, or the medicine may take its toll, a clinical trial might pay them in a hotel room for the duration of the trial. For those who live nearby, the cost of gas is taken into account and they’re reimbursed for that. But yes, some clinical trials often advertise by saying your participation will be rewarded with a certain amount of cash.
Not everyone who signs up for a trial gets to participate, but offering a monetary reward usually brings people in the door. Is there such a thing as too much patient compensation? It depends, both on the people funding the trial and the people participating in it. If everyone is getting a hotel room out of it, but the majority of people are local, then maybe you are. It all depends on the circumstances of the group.
Understand though, that these people are participating in clinical trials for medicine which may or may not help them. Clinical trials are very important, and as such, the people who participate deserve fair compensation for what they’re doing.