In the beginning, Medicare was thought of as a "sickness insurance program." There were concerns that large segments of the population, especially laborers, who could not afford to pay their medical bills. While Medicare was in its planning stages, the American Medical Association (AMA) opposed a national plan from the start. "The AMA, in common with many Americans, thought of medical care as largely a private transaction between a medical practitioner and a patient. There was no need for the State to intervene in this relationship" (Berkowitz, 2008, p. 82).
As mentioned in the Business Insider, anything from high blood pressure to cancer and even to acne, is considered a pre-existing condition. Others include diabetes, asthma and pregnancy. Opponents believe that “the vast majority of Americans with health insurance were already in plans that were required to offer them coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions”, as stated in Forbes. One cannot deny that before Obamacare, perhaps a small percentage of Americans were unable to get coverage due to pre-existing conditions. But, there are ways to see that this could have aggravated if it were not for Obamacare.
The intention on both sides is that the patient will feel better and function more effectively. Yet vast numbers of controlled studies reveal that antidepressants are only 20% more effective than placebo - dummy tablets that have no active chemical ingredient. Even so, antidepressants can lead to a dependency, they are dangerous in overdose and they can be used in suicide. Paradoxically, they may even lead to suicide by distorting reality, rather than by helping them to face it appropriately, with non-chemical support. Clinical depression, due to chemical imbalance in neuro-transmission systems in
The TPP allows large pharmaceutical firms to set their medicine prices sovereignly and restricts the availability of low-cost generic drugs in the countries. Therefore, patients are forced to buy the expensive medications provided by those pharmaceutical firms. This will be a crucial problem, especially in developing nations, whose people would not be able to buy these expensive drugs. This can be considered inhumane as it disables people from getting a proper medication when they are sick. With this regulation, sick people would only get sicker because they can’t afford the medications.
The pharmaceutical industry oversees the production and manufacturing of prescription drugs by various pharmaceutical companies for the use of the general public under the management of a physician. Originally, pharmaceutical companies would only market their drugs to physicians through medical journals or visits from a company representative. However, in the 1980s the pharmaceutical industry sought to educate the public about medications and prescription drugs by creating the concept of direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising. Direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising would expand the pharmaceutical market in order to reduce the deficit of the time and cost it took to manufacture new drugs. The introduction of direct-to-consumer
The Affordable Care Act, (ACA) often referred to as Obamacare, was signed into law March 23rd, 2010 and has quickly become a nightmare to millions of citizens nationwide. While there were fortunate people who benefited from the heavily subsidized and affordable healthcare that was not readily available before ACA was passed, many more people found that their once affordable healthcare was no longer an option due to new ACA requirements (how so?). ACA was designed to extend insurance benefits to roughly 30 million uninsured Americans. The Obama administration aimed to extend Medicaid and provide federal subsidies so lower and middle-class Americans could afford to buy private insurance. This act alone forced millions of Americans out of their
America needs to come up with a different punishments instead of giving out mandatory minimum sentences because it ends up being super expensive. Giving people mandatory sentences for a few years in hopes on making a difference doesn't seem to be benefiting the government financially. "The government chooses how $800 million will be used to fund prions" (Lisa Peng). $800 million could be spent on more important things such as advancing our technology or discovering new medicines to fight diseases. There are other places in the world who do not choose to be as strict with mandatory minimum sentences as we are.
Health care is an area that is very heavily abused in the Unites States. A huge amount of money and resources are put into providing excellent health care in this country. But the percentage of fraud in health care is equally huge. A large number of insurance claims are designed to abuse the health care system. Although they are not significant in number, these fraudulent insurance claims can cause a sizeable dent in the economy.
Lori Chordas claims in her viewpoint that the production of generic versions of prescription drugs cuts the price of medication notably. Brand names can cost from thirty to eighty percent more than generic versions of the same medication. More Americans are recognizing the savings associated with buying generic brands instead of brand name. Generic drugs made up sixty five percent of prescription drugs distributed in 200 according to IMS Health. Due to patent expiration, many brand name drugs are soon going to have generic forms.
Allopathic medicines do not have many substitutes unless one counts homeopathic and ayurvedic treatments. Within the industry, one company can be replaced by another through generic drugs. In unbranded markets, one drug can replace the other but in branded markets, where the medical practitioner subscribes the medicines to the patients, he can replace one drug with another. " Bargaining power of the supplier: The bargaining power of suppliers in the market is low. Pharmaceutical products require various types of organic chemical.
AAS- Medical Office Procedures Week 2 Discussion Judy Potts Explain why pharmaceutical representatives leave samples of expensive medications with physicians. Pharmaceutical representatives, show the physicians the newest drugs on the market, to drum up business for the pharmaceutical companies. The representatives leave samples of the products, In hopes that the doctor will strat prescribing their new name brand products for his patients instead of generic drugs.Also, in some cases, the patients are not financially able to purchase a new drug not knowing if it will help with their disease.The clinic 's management staff will determine whether they will be except the newest medication samples from the representative. If it is a useful product to the physician and their patients that the clinic serves.These pharmaceutical companies offer gifts and meals to the doctors.Such as free services to physicians, like building websites or providing free web pads with the name of the pharmaceutical products on them. Moreover, did you know that these pharmaceutical companies can collect information on the patients?Which is legal as long as they do
Major Political Actors Bill AB 1124 was approved by Governor Jerry Brown on 6th October 2015. The bill stipulates that the administrative director should create a drug formulary before 1st July 2017 to be in the medical treatment schedule regarding medications prescribed to workers in the compensation system (Perea 2016). The important bill was introduced by democrat Henry Perea with the goal of preventing the overutilization of numerous drugs and opioids. Also, the bill aimed at saving taxpayer’s money for other important ventures while still meeting worker’s requirements for medication within the system. Henry Perea’s decision to sponsor the bill was informed by a study that revealed the numerous savings states like Washington and Texas were making by adopting formularies.
The US can implement this by having greater price and quality transparency. This has been proven to work when George W. Bush enacted medicare Part D - a competitive market for drugs with government set ground rules, Medicare Part D has cost below all government projections since its inception, and in 2013 was 50% below what the congressional budget office originally estimated.(Emanual). If we could implement similar government regulated open markets for healthcare the cost of healthcare would, studies have also shown when a similar act was enacted for medical equipment, the prices dropped by 42% and studies have not shown and problems. (Emanuel) Although this would cause Health Care industries to make less profit from each sale, it would greatly lower the cost and increase the quality of healthcare for everyone. Significant evidence shows that market competition works to control health care cost like any other industry, and by pushing for an open health care market, health care costs would go down by at least 30% allowing the government and the people to pay less for health
Many patients will think chiropractic is extremely expensive because chiropractic is not a conventional therapy in the United States. Nevertheless, the statistical data from Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics shows that the chiropractic’s cost of multiple imputation analysis and complete case analysis are just 506.67 USD and 672.48 USD. Conversely, this two costs of medicine are 922.59 USD and 1144.79 USD (Houweling et al.). Chiropractic is unlikely western medicine, it just use manual therapy instead of using high tech to treat patients. Moreover, chiropractic treatment does not require patients to pay the medicine and any other instrument’s fee, so it would not cost too much.
For example, less than one-half of the 2.5 million Americans aged 12 or older who abused or were dependent on opioids in 2013 received MAT with positive effects (Volkow, Frieden, Hyde, & Cha, 2014). Training on MAT needs to be expanded to providers to aid in decreasing the rate of overdose and abuse. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides in depth detail as to where providers can receive this certification along with information on regulations and guidelines of the program. Oversight of treatment medications used in MAT remains a multilateral system involving states, SAMHSA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), and DEA (Legislation, Regulations, and Guidelines,