“The Business Interests Behind America’s Costly Medical Care”

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Truthout explains that “Unlike most other wealthy countries, the U.S. lacks any central mechanism to constrain overall health-care spending. This has led us instead to rely on piecemeal, half-hearted and largely ineffective regulation of fees by Medicare, and micromanagement of medical decision-making by private insurers at a level unheard of, and that would not be tolerated in other wealthy countries.”


The Business Interests Behind America’s Costly Medical Care
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2 COMMENTS

  1. One reason is we have these phony “advocacy” groups looking out for pharma’s botton line.

    The New York Times exposed that NAMI had bused scores of protestors to a hearing in Frankfort, Kentucky, took out full page ads in Kentucky newspapers, and sent angry faxes to state officials, all to protest a state panel proposal to exclude the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa from Medicaid’s list of preferred medications. According to the article, “What the so called “advocacy” groups did not say at the time was that the buses, ads and faxes were all paid for” by the manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa, Eli Lilly.

    Lilly donated millions to NAMI. For its part, NAMI promotes more use of psychotropic drugs, lobbies against any cost-saving restrictions on number of drugs prescribed for one patient under Medicaid, and even lobbies for laws allowing people accused of mental illness to be forced to take antipsychotic drugs. The drugs most often prescribed for involuntary patients — Janssen’s Risperdal (risperidone) and Lilly’s Zyprexa (olanzapine).

    I lived the psychiatric nightmare and met alot of others along the way also harmed, the evidence is out, they are making people chronic patients , I was almost one of them after being given Zyprexa and the other psychiatric drugs that cause dependence and make you worse especially when you try and stop taking them. That part that confirms you ‘need’ them.

    Ya, The U.S. lacks any central mechanism to put a stop to all the reckless criminal marketing and prescribing of these very expensive drugs.

    • I see this waste of money and making of chronic patients all the time in addiction recovery, healthy young men and women given all these anti depressants and mood stabilizers to go with all the dual diagnosis fraud labels at a cost of 100s to 1000s of dollars a month. Its not like they work , they all complain about side effects and the doctors in group, tell stories of how psychiatry screwed up their childhood then most of them go back to drinking or doing there drug of choice.

      Message to psychiatry, GET THE HELL OUT OF ADDICTION RECOVERY !

      The sad irony is that psychiatry has also established himself in positions enabling it to control the drug rehab field, even though he can show no results for the billions awarded by governments and legislatures. Governments, groups, families, and individuals that continue to accept its false information and drug rehabilitation techniques, do so at their own peril.