February 20, 2019
How badly does it hurt when you get your medical bill?
American healthcare is the most expensive in the world. We pay top dollar for it. Considerably more than other countries with similar rates of life expectancy. So, you’d expect us to receive the best healthcare in the world for such price.
But we don’t.
As a matter of fact, the US severely underperforms in delivering quality healthcare. It ranks highest in terms of death rate amenable to healthcare. Hospital admissions for preventable diseases are higher in the US than elsewhere. The US also has the highest rate of medical, medicine, and lab errors.
What’s even worse is that the US ranks behind most developed countries when it comes to health outcomes, efficiency, and quality.
Essentially, we’re spending more and getting less. How does that make sense?
I’d always known that the prices for prescription medicine were exorbitantly high, but I didn’t realize the extent of it until I tried to help my mother lower her monthly medical bill.
My mother has had blood clots in the past. Now, she needs to take a blood thinning medication to prevent them, called Rivaroxaban. Here, in the United States, Rivaroxaban costs about $500 a month.
I couldn’t let my mother get ripped off like that. So, I looked for alternatives and ordered the same medication from Turkey.
Rivaroxaban is produced by Bayer. It’s made in the United States for the American market, as well as in Turkey for the European and Asian markets. The company is exactly the same which means the medicine is too. The only difference is the price – $73 per month instead of $500. That’s quite a difference, isn’t it?
However, if you listen to the rhetoric of Bayer, they claim that they cannot guarantee the quality of the drug from Turkey. Thus, it’s not safe for Americans to take.
I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t born yesterday.
How can it be safe for Europeans countries which have higher-quality and more efficient healthcare than the United States. But, it’s not safe for us?
The problem of medication prices runs a lot deeper than that. We suffer from drug shortages in the United States.
Currently, we’re going through a Diltiazem shortage. I use Diltiazem in IV medication to slow down a patient’s heart when they have rapid heart rates.
Right now, my hospital doesn’t have any.
But, surprisingly, we do produce Diltiazem in factories in the United States. And we’re allowed to export it.
So, the while the US is producing and exporting Diltiazem, somehow it is not safe enough to sell in the United States. Same as how Rivaroxaban produced by Bayer in Turkey isn’t safe to be used by Americans.
Healthcare is a business. And like any business, it revolves around money. Sadly, for the American population, the American healthcare system is a very lucrative business.
Saying that medicine produced by the same company isn’t safe for all consumers is financially self-serving rhetoric from the medical cartel. We’re expected to blindly trust Big Pharma as it goes to the Congress claiming we can’t allow the importation of drugs from abroad.
How and why are drugs imported from abroad unsafe?
How do we know that the medication produced in the United States for Americans is safe?
And how ethical is it to supposedly produce drugs for export that are unsafe for American consumers?
Regulations are creating scarcity. And this scarcity is used to punish consumers. You’ll be able to learn more about the dark side of the American healthcare as well as how you can escape this system in my upcoming book White Coat Cartels.