Let me start by saying that in this Blog we promote a natural and healthy lifestyle and natural remedies. We always recommend natural remedies when it is possible, but sometimes a natural remedy just doesn't cut it. This is where commercial drugs come in.
To be clear, I am not talking about overkill meds that get gratuitously prescribed to treat things that natural remedies could treat just fine. We are talking about drugs that are essential to treat life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, cancer or diabetes or perhaps diseases that AREN'T life-threatening, but if left untreated can worsen and kill the patient. It's these drugs we gonna focus on today and ask: Why the hell are they so expensive?
What medicine really costs
Now, you may be calling me a whining commie bastard by now, 'cause how dare I criticize the price structure of modern medicine? And don't I know all the hard work that goes into making some of these medicines? But the sad fact is that some medicines are overpriced, especially in the United States. In fact, as much as 5 times more expensive than in neighboring Mexico and Canada, in some cases over 10 times. This leads to many people going bankrupt trying to survive a disease or simply flat-lining altogether, which is horrible.
And it all boils down to greed. It's a chain of greed that starts at the drug manufacturer, and passes through the private insurers and politicians and hospitals/clinics and the end consumer is the one who gets financially raped while trying to survive. Take Celebrex, for example. A drug manufactured by Pfizer used to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and acute pain in adults, it costs $13.72 in the U.S., however, in the U.K. you can get it for as little as $1.05, which is obscene. THAT'S OVER 10 TIMES ITS VALUE!!!
Another example is Gleevec, manucatured by Novartis, which is a cancer medication that costs cancer patients $76,000 annually but it costs less than $200 dollars to manufacture a year’s supply of the damn thing! And we're not talking about brandy-sipping, old, rich guy patients here, we're talking about Kool-aid-drinking, broke-ass, middle-aged housewives with three jobs and a 2 mortgages on the house patients, which makes this whole thing even more enraging and outrageous.
Trump Promised Affordable Meds And Healthcare. Where are they?
One of the promises that Trump made during his presidential campaign in 2016 (along with some much needed swamp drainage) was that he was going to make pharmaceuticals more affordable to the average Joe by promoting competition among pharma companies, which would drive prices down. However that hasn't happened thus far and in fact it looks like the complete opposite of what he promised is happening, 'cause drug prices are still high and drug company stocks are through the roof.
And since we're on the [Trump] topic, he also promised to get rid of Obamacare (Ah, those pesky "Obama Era Regulations"!) and replace it with a "better" healthcare system, which his administration tried a bunch of times already, each time barfing out an atrocity worse than the one preceding it.
All in all, looks like Trump's campaign promises regarding healthcare and pharma were mostly just that; promises. He said what people wanted to hear, as a result he got elected and now he's having trouble keeping i̶t̶ ̶u̶p̶ his promises and everyone is understandably upset because of it.
So what can we do? I mean, realistically it's not as easy as making a bunch of promises. This is a complex problem and a it requires a well thought-out solution. Sadly at this point it's just cheaper to fly to another country, get your illness treated, live there for awhile and fly back to the U.S. and it would STILL be cheaper than getting it treated here.
I'll leave you with a YouTube video talking exactly about that.
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