Still believing the U.S. is #1 in health care?
As anyone who has ever read this blog knows, I am very concerned about health care in the U.S.. This morning, I read thelastofthemilleniums blog post regarding how the GOP plans to insure Americans after repealing the Affordable Care Act. Watch this short interview of Mitch McConnell by Chris Wallace…at about the 1:50 mark, Wallace even grows tired of McConnell dodging the question…
So, Mr. McConnell thinks that the U.S. has the finest healthcare system in the world. The U.S. healthcare system is horribly inefficient, costly, and plagued by fraud. Take a look at this article in the Huffington Post about GlaxoSmithKline and the settlement of the largest health care fraud case in history. The article primarily deals with the promotion of drugs outside of what they were approved for. Of all of the charges and acts of fraud committed by Glaxo, the most frightening is this…
The drug corporation also agreed to resolve civil liability for promoting the drugs Paxil, Wellbutrin, Advair, Lamictal and Zofran for off-label, non-covered uses. The company also resolved accusations that it paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe those drugs as well as the drugs Imitrex, Lotronex, Flovent and Valtrex.
“GSK’s sales force bribed physicians to prescribe GSK products using every imaginable form of high priced entertainment, from Hawaiian vacations to paying doctors millions of dollars to go on speaking tours to a European pheasant hunt to tickets to Madonna concerts, and this is just to name a few,” said Carmin M. Ortiz, U.S. attorney in Massachusetts.
Does this not frighten people? Are people okay with this? Is Mitchy okay with this? So if your doctor prescribes enough Paxil (doesn’t really matter if you need it or not) he or she will get a nice little kickback. Hmmm…sounds like an ethical health care system to me.
I am not writing this to condemn U.S. doctors as I think that they are some of the best in the world. I am simply saying that they are very susceptible to being corrupted by the greed of big business who has no interest in the health care of the U.S. citizens. So, the next time your doctor prescribes a medication for you, do your research to see if it actually in YOUR best interest to take the drug. Americans need to question their health care providers about everything.