I have ranted many times about the pharmaceutical industry
and the healthcare industry as a whole, but tonight while watching 60 Minutes I got a whole new perspective of how screwed up it is. The drug used in a shot of Naloxone, which will save the life of an overdose victim, costs about 5 cents per dose to manufacture. Yet the purchase costs to administer a single dose can be anywhere from $15.00 to $8,000. A great deal of the cost factor is the companies themselves and middlemen called Pharmacy Benefit Managers. If they can't make a decent markup, they will not fill the prescription. So for the cost of the drug (5 cents) and a syringe (probably 25 cents), these companies and PBM's will let people die from opioid overdoses. Emergency Services (city paramedic services and hospitals) pay the inflated costs and who ends up paying those costs? You do.
Our entire system of healthcare delivery in this country is managed by GREED, and the professionals who have to work within this system are just as frustrated as we are, if not more.
We are being ripped off and have been for quite some time.
Don't you think it's time to do something about it?
Medicare for all, not going backwards and stripping Medicare to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy!
Peace to all and to all a goodnight!