We Pay a Lot for Meds


When compared to other countries, we pay a heck of a lot more money for them.  An article that first appeared in the WSJ is linked here and compares our Medicare system to Norway and other counties. Why this disparity exists isn’t  simple, though.

The reasons the U.S. pays more are rooted in philosophical and practical differences in the way its health system provides benefits, in the drug industry’s political clout and in many Americans’ deep aversion to the notion of rationing.

Americans are different.  They get crazy about the term “rationing” so we fight against it.  The funny thing is that it does nothing for the people doing the fighting.  It may get the government to being open to giving granny a new cancer drug to extend her life a week but the insurance companies don’t give a crap.  They can just say no to anything and they do all the time.  They ration everyday. I have already mentioned this about my son being denied ALL medications for his ulcerative colitis.

Yes, our country is paying too much for medications but the insurance companies have this system all figured out.  Again. I am sure they are getting great deals on drugs and they dole them out sparingly.  Too bad this article doesn’t mention this.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  3 comments for “We Pay a Lot for Meds

  1. DrPhil
    December 11, 2015 at 6:12 am

    in Australia. a free trade agreement with the USA means that pharma companies (registered in the Bahamas or Puerto Rico) can sue the Australian Public Benefits scheme for lost profits…. So don’t worry – the rest of the world is following you…

    Or you can do like most underinsured Americans buy it from Canada or even India…. Esomperazole 40mg x 400 USD $100 (including postage)

  2. Steve
    December 9, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    You don’t always need expensive meds from the govt-insurer-pharma special interest cartel to treat ulcerative colitis.

    Go Autoimmune Paleo, gluten free, with fish oils and get some low dose naltrexone (LDN) compounded as well. Then tell the cartel to stick it.

  3. politovski
    December 7, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    hey, the insurance executives need to eat caviar too, don’t they? and, the corporate swine have us hopping on one foot and then the other while they steal away to the bank. rationing indeed…

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