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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 12:38 AM
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6. Addendum.
Others are discussing the issue too. Others with much for expertise than me.

The thing is that new drugs really do help people. Same with stem cells. They will transform the world. So we need the research. Just how to make it fill not the 'market' which is skewed for health care...but how to make it worth big pharma's while to invest in super-bugs antibiotics when the bugs change so quick (so their market would be only a few years in that case) or for diseases like malaria that evolve and affect the poor. Or to stop inventing Viagra and aspirin.

Much more out there on this topic than I know.

But in the private medical model there are all sorts of bugaboos. Like preventive care (and money invested in that) can really save someone from chronic illness in the end. But what Pharma is going to push for preventive universal health care. It saves people money - but doesn't help the Pharmaceuticals increase market share.

And also the issue of a thing like Walmart - getting so big it can demand suppliers cut prices..just like a monopoly in universal health care would (the bigger you are the more you can effect & dominate the market). So why not universal health care? Where the government has the monopoly and demands certain salaries and cost reductions? That is how the system works in Canada. And though not totally private or totally perfect, universal health care actually keeps prices lower so it is more efficient (as well as being more equitable).

Kool-aid drinkers are wrong. The market does not deliver some things more efficiently than a government monopoly does. But the problem is how to fix the market so it does. Cause all they do is copy each other. And it helps - but not as many as that research money could.

There must be an article out there on this! Anyone?
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