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.