So I watched A Bruce Lee bio movie and and 1/2 through Avatar. And I noticed something. Let's ignore the credit checking, mattresses and the usual
demeaning of men portraying them as loosing their SH over Mike hard lemonade and not knowing how to keep enough razors on hand to even shave with.
Those aside, I saw 8 commercials for meds some were repeated.
#1 Neulast- This one keeps you from going to the Dr the day after chemo (a great med). I imagine if you got chemo, you got the $$$ for the 1 syringe
at a cost of $5,650.
#2 A commercial with 60 somethings walking and standing around in an old growth redwood forest. The commercial was urging baby boomers to get tested
for hep C. Is it out of the goodness of their hearts? Nope it was the Gilead pharma co. and they want to sell you (your insurance co) Epclusa at the
low low price of 25,000 +or- for 28 tablets.
#3 Otezla- This commercial is to that snappy tune "Your walking on sunshine"- and your plaque psoriasis can walk on sun shine if you got $3,000 for
#4 Humera- If you have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or IBD this drug may help you, if you got the $4,500?
#5 A commercial with a blind US veteran who has problems with something called 24hr sleep disorder. So the commercial urges a sufferer to just call
the 1-800 number and get help. Is this done out of the goodness of their heart? Nope it is the pharma company Vanda, they are selling a drug called
Hetlioz. And if the US veteran wants to get some sleep, he (insurance) can cough up a cool $13,500 for 30 pills.
And last but not least
#6 You got cancer. You want a chance to live longer? (the commercial actually says "A chance to live longer") Then you can (insurance) fork over
$29,000 for 12 vials.
The cost of these meds are certainly driving medical insurance through the roof. And the insurance co's don't mind. They get a 20% take according to
the ACA. The higher the premiums the more the insurance co's get to keep.
These med advertised on TV and the GP and specialists that are pressed to do 2 things, keep patients and get them in and out fast are under a lot of
stress to write the script.
(I talked to my GP and he said he is under extreme pressure from the network he pays $3,000 a day to belong to. He said patient retention and
cranking patients in/out is a key to making $$$. Part of patient retention is keeping them happy-writing scripts).
Does anyone seriously think in 12 months our medical system in the US is going to be more affordable?
edit on 12-7-2017 by seasonal because:
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