Wednesday, October 8, 2008

OBAMA O MC CAIN


Ieri sera mi sono guardato attentamente il dibattito dei due aspiranti presidendi degli USA. Non ho travato niente di nuovo nei loro discorsi e nessuno dei due si e`aperto veramente alla gente. Oggi sono andato in farmacia, sfortunatamente ho una infezione da curare con antibiotici. 10 pillole $220.00 ...... ho pure l'assicurazione medica di $500.00 mensili ma non e`stata sufficente a coprire la spesa che senza l'assicurazione sarebbe stata di $270.00. Aggiungo che un paese che si possa chiamare civile deve avere l'assistenza sanitaria statale e quindi per tutti. E`un dovere ed un obbligo per uno stato proteggere i suoi cittadini.
OBAMA O MC CAIN?

3 comments:

victor said...

its true, it's a shame, the truth is people's health is just another economic commodity being capitalized on in this country, the same goes for medications, which are marked-up obscenely, read the info I pasted below -it's a little long but worthy-

Subject: WAY TO GO COSTCO!
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 21:08:16 -0400


Good to know!


Have a good evening...rm



When you have the time to read the email below......well worth
your time and energy to pass this one on.



Subject: WAY TO GO COSTCO




This is worth reading. Be sure to read the end. You will be
amazed. Let's hear it for Costco!! (This is just mind-boggling!)
Make sure you read all the way past the list of the drugs The
woman that signed below is a Budget Analyst out of federal
Washington , DC offices.


Did you ever wonder how much it costs a drug company for the
active ingredient in prescription medications? Some people think
it must cost a lot, since many drugs sell for more than $2.00 per
tablet. We did a search of offshore chemical synthesizers that
supply the active ingredients found in drugs approved by the FDA.
As we have revealed in past issues of Life Extension, a
significant percentage of drugs sold in the United States contain
active ingredients made in other countries. In our independent
investigation of how much profit drug companies really make, we
obtained the actual price of active ingredients used in some of
the most popular drugs sold in America


The data below speaks for itself.


Celebrex: 100 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $130.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.60
Percent markup: 21,712%


Claritin: 10 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $215.17
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.71
Percent markup: 30,306%


Keflex: 250 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $157.39
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.88
Percent markup: 8,372%


Lipitor: 20 mg
Consumer Price (100 tablets): $272.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $5.80
Percent markup: 4,696%


Norvasc: 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $188.29
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.14
Percent markup: 134,493%


Paxil: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $220.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $7.60
Percent markup: 2,898%


Prevacid: 30 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $44.77
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.01
Percent markup: 34,136%


Prilosec : 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $360.97
Cost of general active ingredients $0.52
Percent markup: 69,417%


Prozac: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $247.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.11
Percent markup: 224,973%


Tenormin: 50 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $104.47
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.13
Percent markup: 80,362%


Vasotec: 10 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $102.37
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.20
Percent markup: 5 1,185%


Xanax: 1 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) : $136.79
Cost of general active ingredients: $0.024
Percent markup: 569,958%


Zestril: 20 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets) $89.89
Cost of general active ingredients $3.20
Percent markup: 2,809


Zithromax: 600 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $1,482.19
Cost of general active ingredients: $18.78
Percent markup: 7,892%


Zocor: 40 mg
Consumer price (100 tablets): $350.27
Cost of general active ingredients: $8.63
Percent markup: 4,059%


Zoloft: 50 mg
Consumer price: $206.87
Cost of general active ingredients: $1.75
Percent markup: 11,821%


Since the cost of prescription drugs is so outrageous, I thought
everyone should know about this. Please read the following and
pass it on.
It pays to shop around. This helps to solve the mystery as to why
they can afford to put a Walgreen's on every corner. On Monday
night, Steve Wilson, an investigative reporter for Channel 7 News
inDetroit, did a story on generic drug price gouging by
pharmacies. He found in his investigation, that some of these
generic drugs were marked up as much as 3,000% or more. Yes,
that's not a typo.....three thousand percent! So often, we blame
the drug companies for the high cost of drugs, and usually
rightfully so. But in his case, the fault clearly lies with the
pharmacies themselves. For example, if you had to buy a
prescription drug, and bought the name brand, you might pay $100
for 100 pills.


The pharmacist might tell you that if you get the generic
equivalent, they would only cost $80, making you think you are
'saving' $20. What the pharmacist is not telling you is that those
100 generic pills may have only cost him $10!


At the end of the report, one of the anchors asked Mr. Wilson
whether, or not there were any pharmacies that did not adhere to
this practice, and he said that Costco consistently charged little
over their cost for the generic drugs.


I went to the Costco site, where you can look up any drug, and get
its online price. It says that the in-store prices are consistent
with the online prices. I was appalled. Just to give you one
example from my own experience, I had to use the drug, Compazine,
which helps prevent nausea in chemo patients.


I used the generic equivalent, which cost $54.99 for 60 pills at
CVS. I checked the price at Costco, and I could have bought 100
pills for $19.89. For 145 of my pain pills, I paid $72.57. I could
have got 150 at Costco for $28.08.


I would like to mention, that although Costco is a 'membership'
type store, you do NOT have to be a member to buy prescriptions
there, as it is a federally regulated substance. You just tell
them at the door that you wish to use the pharmacy, and they will
let you in. (this is true)


I went there this past Thursday and asked them. I am asking each
of you to please help me by copying this letter, and passing it
into your own e-mail, and send it to everyone you know with an e-
mail address.


Sharon L. Davis
Budget Analyst
U.S. Department of Commerce
Room 6839
Office Ph: 202-482-4458
Office Fax: 202-482-5480
E-mail Address: sdavis@doc.gov

maccain -grandpa- health plan is based on de-regulating the health "industry", taxing us for health plans payments and using over a trillion dollars to finance it taken from medicare and medicaid: it's a scary proposition, anything is better than that, even obama's plan, as idealistic as it is.
it least he's going to finance it using money that is now given to health insurance companies -that obviously are gonna fight it with big cannons: can you imagine we the people trying to cut into their profits?
wait and see...
victor
ps: get better
obama's plan looks more like a start in the right direction,

Michele said...

In economia, un bene pubblico è un bene che è difficile, o impossibile, produrre per trarne un profitto privato. Per definizione, un bene pubblico è caratterizzato da:
- Assenza di rivalità nel consumo ( il consumo di un bene pubblico da parte di un individuo non implica l'impossibilità per un altro individuo di consumarlo, allo stesso tempo, come ad esempio la musica, o la pittura);
-Non escludibilità nel consumo (una volta che il bene pubblico è prodotto, è difficile o impossibile impedirne la fruizione da parte di consumatori, come ad esempio l'illuminazione stradale).

la salute, e' un bene pubblico che richiede l'intervento dello stato? Beh, a guardarla dal punto di vista economico e' un bell'affare che se e' privato, rende. Curi chi se lo puo' permettere e nessuno bada a spese per la propria salute, se ha i soldi.

Il problema e' che viviamo in una societa' dove la salute di ciascuno e' funzione di quella degli altri. Cosi' come la cultura e' funzione dell'ambiente in cui si vive. Essere laureato in un paese di analfabeti non giova sicuramente a crescere culturalmente, cosi' come essere sano in un lebbrosario: non ci vuole molto per rimanere appestato.
Ecco perche' lo stato deve intervenire in materia si salute e scuola pubbliche. Non perche' il privato non sia in grado di fornire questi servizi al prezzo di mercato appunto, bensi' perche' e' bene che anche chi non ha i mezzi per accedere al mercato possa ricevere e dare un contributo nell'interesse generale.

E come vediamo in questi giorni, il mercato fallisce perche' lascia spazio agli affaristi, piu' che agli affari. I cinesi sono diventati capitalisti, USA e UK rendono pubbliche le banche e diventano comunisti. Incredibile

DianeM said...

E vero, e una vergogna nazionale che non ci diamo da fare per la salute di ogni americano.
Obama e una svolta nella direzione corretta ma gli americani hanno tanta paura di "socialismo".
Hillary Clinton aveva un piano piu completo, mi sembra.
Una cosa e certa, qualcosa deve cambiare.