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PHARMA: Maybe the Dems are serious about drug pricing

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It’s hard to see how Medicare Part D as constructed can easily be changed for the government to go after prescription pricing, no matter how much Pete Stark et al may want to. But there are other drugs that Medicare buys directly under Part B, mostly for cancer and kidney care. And notice has been served that the tallest of those poppies may find itself trimmed a little — U.S. payments for Amgen drug criticized at hearing.

And if you thought you understand Part B’s “new” pricing schema, take a hint from JD Kleinke. You probably don’t

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Michael Townes Watson
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Changing the pricing structure under Medicare will be a monumental task, in view of the entrenched interests of the lobbyists for big Pharma, which overpower the will of almost every representative that has ever graced the halls of Congress. The pharmaceutical and insurance industry have taken over healthcare and are doing all that they can to take over the justice system, so that it will not be there for the victims of harmful drugs and harmful medical practices. Both the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry blame the patients for the high cost of medical care, in order to deflect… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

As for the idiot who said Ishould have been a tire changer or pro athlete instead of a doctor, well I really wish all physicians would take your advice and start a new profession. You do realize that the biz has changed since they first decided to go into healthcare? I can guarantee you that very few if any physicians are happy with the current scandal these insurance companies have pulled off, and government control is definately not the answer from a physicians point of view. Medicaid’s reimbursement is a joke. A regular sick office visit that takes 25-30 minutes… Read more »

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elliottg

Sorry for the double post. This one from the NHS list of core principles is much better:
“The NHS will provide a universal service for all based on clinical need, not ability to pay
Healthcare is a basic human right. Unlike private systems, the NHS will not exclude people because of their health status or ability to pay.”

elliottg
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elliottg

Jim, you ignorant sl*t (old SNL reference), Adam Smith coined the phrase, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of property”. (Damn Commie) The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” (Thomas Jefferson – Damn Commie) “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.” (Abraham Lincoln – Damn Commie) “The third is freedom from want–which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will… Read more »

Jim
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Jim

Don’t tell me to move somewhere else, it is you who needs to move, I hear China is already a communist country. You will feel right at home.

Peter
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Peter

1. Become an attorney it’s a free country. 2. Become a flat fix guy it’s a free country. 3. Don’t give out your home number. 4. They should hire and pay doctors to do it. 5. Support single pay govm’t insurance – 1 code 1 fee. 6. See # 5. 7. See # 6. 8. Support annual performance reviews for docs. 9. See # 7 10. Maybe he’s a better CEO and wants to be paid more, just like you want more to be a good doc. 11. Maybe your using, “someone with no college education or medical background” to… Read more »

elliottg
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elliottg

Jim, You’re at the wrong blog. Whiny doctors with a sense of entitlement and little respect for the actual facts are over at KevinMD. Thoughtful discussion of health care policy for people who can see that the system is broken and who understand economics is here. Please adjust your browser accordingly.

Jim
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Jim

What the @#$!? 1. Why is it that when you call your attorney, or any other professional for that matter, you get billed for the time spent during the phone conversation for every minute, but when a physician gets called they don’t get a dime? 2. Why is it that when you have a flat on your car at 3 AM with no spare, the guy that comes to fix your flat gets paid more than a pediatrician who goes for an emergency at the hospital at the same time? How much time and money was spent on the flat… Read more »

Jack E. Lohman
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Time will tell. The $100 million the drug industry spends in lobbying and campaign cash goes to both parties. Don’t look for miracles.

Greg Pawelski
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Greg Pawelski

Another example of a system that creates a hopeless conflict of interest, in that certain forms of drug treatment are much more remunerative than others. ASCO and other fraternal organizations have never felt the need to perform clinical trials to determine whether or not treatment outcomes and patient satisfaction are altered by profit incentives. The much needed reforms to the system, which are currently ongoing, are occurring over the fight to the death opposition of a profession which is vastly more concerned with protecting the selfish monetary interests of its members than in promoting the well-being of its patients. The… Read more »