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Does anyone really not understand why U.S. Healthcare costs so much?

Does anyone really not understand why U.S. Healthcare costs so much? Topic: Pharma research
July 18, 2019 / By Calla
Question: Look at latest CEO pay figures for example in Health and Pharmaceutical industry.... http://www.fiercepharma.com/special-repo... http://blogs.webmd.com/mad-about-medicin... Look at these figures. The argument that they are the "Best and the Brightest" just doesn't cut it for me. Talk me down anyone?
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Alysa Alysa | 5 days ago
In addition to the costs contributed by pharmaceuticals, which they argue help fund research, there are a myriad of other medical related businesses which contribute to costs in the U.S. Most of these companies have no direct patient contact, rather they are 3rd party administrators and similar 'middle-men' who extract a cost of our health care dollar as part of their administrative over-head. This situation tends to be unique in the for-profit healthcare environment we have in this country.
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Alysa Originally Answered: Do you understand what it means for the Govenment to control Healthcare? Healthcare is a business in this.?
It concerns me. Remember when social security was supposed to be a retirement plan? I do. Since its creation, law makers kept tapping it to pay for different things, food stamps, welfare... crap like that. Years later... how is social security doing? Everyone with a job pays into it, and it is going broke. I've been paying into it my whole like, and chances are when I retire, there will be nothing left in it for me... Now, they have this great idea to do the same thing with health care. How long until they start tapping it for other things... and when you are 89 like my grandmother, and needs surgery on her back so she can have a normal life... will she get it if health care is broke... NOPE.
Alysa Originally Answered: Do you understand what it means for the Govenment to control Healthcare? Healthcare is a business in this.?
No, it does not concern me. Currently my private health insurance company determines if I live or die. I would feel better with the government making such decisions. To each his own. I did disagree with Obama on GM's situation albeit for different reasons than you. I felt that GM should have been allowed to fail, go bankrupt and into chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Alysa Originally Answered: Do you understand what it means for the Govenment to control Healthcare? Healthcare is a business in this.?
The PURPOSE of the government is to protect and service the needs of its PEOPLE (ie: roads, fire departments, police, schools,etc.) The PURPOSE of a business is to make MONEY! So yes, I'd rather have my healthcare run by those who see me as a tax-paying, registered voter than those who see me as a $200 per month income.

Vester Vester
if you want to talk about just medications, don't blame the pharmeceutical companies, their charges for medications, truely are minimal compared to the markup that pharmacists place on those same medications. Drug stores mark those drugs up more than 1000 (yes one thousand) %, to sell them to the people to make obscene profits. Why do you think drugs are cheaper in Mexico and Canada? It isn't because the pharmeceutical companies sell to them cheaper, no no, it's because their pharmacists cannot put the huge markup on the medications to make obscene profits on the same drugs. It's called a capitalist society here for a reason.
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Vester Originally Answered: Why is the healthcare debate about costs?
This health care debate is all about the lost revenues that the health care for profit industry perceives they will lose. Imagine if Obama comes up with a government option with NO overhead such as HUGE CEO salaries, lobbyists, dividends to the stock holders. People would be crazy to stay in the public plan that costs more money. This is exactly the issue...the greed of the Wall Street types. It is NOT the Doctors or the Nurses that are paid for their services. It is some big CEO and other paper pushers we really don't need and could do away with! What we are seeing is the health care for profit industry lying about what Obama wants to do. These greedy people care nothing about people...nor do the republicans! Half these people protesting are on Medicare. And what about these people who say, "I don't want my health care socialized...leave my Medicare alone." Who is feeding them misinformation? People like Richard Scott: In the 90s, HCA was the largest for-profit hospital company in America. As Forbes wrote, "it bought hospitals by the bucketful and promised to squeeze blood from each one." More than any other single company, it was responsible for the cruelty that turned the public against managed care. Indeed, remember when audiences began spontaneously clapping for Helen Hunt's anti-HMO rant in As Good As It Gets? That was the sort of ruthless cost-cutting pioneered by HCA they were shouting down. If Scott didn't exist, health reformers would have to invent him. But it turned out that HCA's wild profitability wasn't all efficiencies. A seven-year federal investigation uncovered widespread fraud. According to Forbes, HCA has "increased Medicare billings by exaggerating the seriousness of the illnesses they were treating. It also granted doctors partnerships in company hospitals as a kickback for the doctors referring patients to HCA. In addition, it gave doctors 'loans' that were never expected to be paid back, free rent, free office furniture, and free drugs from hospital pharmacies." When all was said and done, HCA agreed to pay the government $1.7 billion. It was the largest fraud settlement in U.S. history. Richard Scott, the CEO, was forced to resign in shame. And now, he's back. Conservatives for Patients Rights is a multimillion dollar initiative that plans to stand athwart health reform and yell, "stop!" They've hired the same PR firm that sold the Swift Boat veterans for Truth. Their first ads will come this week on conservative talk shows and cable news. Their media blitz has already started. Today, Scott was profiled by The Politico. “If we have more government involvement we’re going to have dramatically worse health care,” he told said. So, to recap: The first major health care group fielded in opposition to Obama's initiative comes from a for-profit hospital executive who resigned amidst the largest fraud case in United States history and means to sell an anti-government message using the same PR firm that helped the Swift Boat veterans.
Vester Originally Answered: Why is the healthcare debate about costs?
There is nothing wrong with our healthcare except the cost; they should be reforming the accountants who bill the insurance companies $10.00 (lot price) for aspirin, not reforming medicine. We are "37th" because different countries have different grading systems to count their life expectancies, infant mortality rates etc.; do you really, really, REALLY believe CUBA has a better system (due to Michael Moore's "Sicko" propaganda or something else you read) and that Singapore has better infant mortality rates than the US? Anyone who is under the VA, Tricare, or Medicare healthcare systems know how the government cannot administrate these (even Obama has used Medicare as an example of a "broken" system) so why would you expect them to do better with all medicine. This fictitious, imaginary picture of the "poor dying cancer patient" is exactly what the Social Democrats want you to see; isn't there at least one dying SoDem they can pop up on TV to convince us instead of ads calling dissenting Americans names? Nope. What it is all about is more "sharing the wealth" once again; the few paying for the many until the few become the poor.. Nothing more. If they cared about "health", ban tobacco products: they've been taxing and saying for years how it's "killing America". 100,000 lives saved = how much medical savings?

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