Yes, There Is A Problem With Health Care In America

When it comes to the whole health care debate here in the United States, I’m not on the ‘left’ or the ‘right’ side.  I think it’s sad that politics have largely been able to take over the debate, when the bottom line is that it’s tied back to the health and well being of so many citizens.

For those that don’t think there aren’t fundamental problems with the health care system, just read this article from MSNBC, where a drug that’s largely been available for decades is going from $10 per dose to $1,500.

And what makes my blood boil is that this is related to the health of premature babies.  The drug is designed to reduce the rate of premature deliveries for those mothers (and babies) who are at high risk.

This is important.  And, even though there are insurance companies out there that are stepping up and covering the higher costs, you know that there are a lot of people out there who are going to be left out in the cold with these new higher prices.

That could be the difference between hundreds of babies delivered per year that could be healthy, but instead might be debilitated for their entire lives.

And why?  Because one company got the exclusive rights to manufacture this drug, and is taking advantage of that for the next seven years by jacking up the price to an unfathomable level.  But, drug companies that win these types of exclusive deals are allowed to do whatever they want.  In many cases, high costs are justified because of all the research and development that went into them.  In this case, how can a drug that’s been around for decades warrant this kind of cost?

It can’t.  The only way it can is for those who believe in the ‘Wall Street’ mantra that ‘greed is good’.  Because instead of it being about the health and opportunities of these potential premature babies, it’s about greed.

Sickening.

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4 thoughts on “Yes, There Is A Problem With Health Care In America

  1. "Because one company got the exclusive rights to manufacture this drug, and is taking advantage of that for the next seven years by jacking up the price to an unfathomable level. But, drug companies that win these types of exclusive deals are allowed to do whatever they want. In many cases, high costs are justified because of all the research and development that went into them."

    Drug companies can "win" these types of exclusive deals? How do they do that? Is it because they invested billions in R&D?

    Why should Apple have exclusive right to manufacture and see iPads? I should have the right to manufacture and sell the exact same product? Why should I have to buy DVDs? I should have the right to copy and sell any DVD?

    It would be nice if health cares was afford for everybody and there are a lot that can be done to reduce costs. But it's not a perfect world.

    "When it comes to the whole health care debate here in the United States, I'm not on the 'left' or the 'right' side."
    I get that you want to help people, but you want to do it with "other people's money". That put you on the "left". I'm sure you can donate "your money" to help people who can't afford health cares instead you point finger at other people who should.

    Taking something that does not belong to you is greed.

  2. @Anon – I'm not sure I understand your point. In any case, I'm not talking about who pays for the cost or using 'other peoples money' to pay for the treatments. I'm saying that the cost itself is not justified in my mind. Two wholly separate things. Thanks for the input, though.

  3. It's insane that a company that did not do the majority of the R&D has received exclusivity of manufacture for the next 7 years – especially since it was already being produced in this country by compounding pharmacies. I wish the FDA could award much shorter patents for when the company invested little in a drug's development and testing.

    I definitely understand companies being able to make big profits for the drugs they design – after all it is very expensive and most potential drugs fail. But in this case, what does KV Pharmaceuticals need to be compensated for so extensively that a single dose is going from $10 to $1500?

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