Sunday, September 19, 2004

THINGS THAT BUG ME-CHAPTER 2

Bug of the day.

Doctors or other medical spokesmen in the media pushing the latest cholesterol lowering or whatever medication. "It only costs two or three dollars a day for most patients." Let me see, take an average of 2.5 x 365. That's just over $900.00 a year on top of whatever else they've got you on. If you don't have insurance you probably can't afford it. If you have insurance, somebody (you and your employer are paying for it.) That's if your insurance covers perscriptons.

Since I don't see our government telling the drug companies "Look you have the equivalent of a regulated monopoly here. You get cost of developing the drug plus 5%." I don't see the cost of drugs coming down anytime soon. Unless we want to just sign our paychecks over to Merck, Bristol Meyers, ect. I guess we're just going to have to figure out how to not need their products.

Like du jour:

Hugs. Need I say more :-) They're one of the things that increase as you give them away.

2 comments:

mlraminiak said...

There's a book out there somewhere, by some doctor, that exposes the myth of all these great new drugs that are coming on the market.  Tells that, many times, the old, tried and true treatments are every bit as effective, and way less costly...like aspirin for heart patients vs. expensive blood thinners like coumadin.  I heard him interviewed on NPR, and I 'll be damned if I can remember his name, or the name of his book.  I have to write these things down when I hear them...  Lisa  :-]

krobbie67 said...

What's even sadder is that sometimes the meds are cheaper than your co-pay if you do have insurance but they won't tell you that! :-) ---Robbie