Cost effective(supported by long term clinical studies) new medical advances do not, unless the old method remains or the hospital does not tear down in inefficient structure to eliminate capital costs, etc. In the end if they do not you and I are forced to ever increasing costs in a mechanism of inefficacy that is out of control. Free market healthcare is the answer yes, but in essence it will never happen, because nobody but nobody in the food chain wants his ox gored and loose the money. So we will pay higher deductibles. Negoiations with physicians will only occur on those procedures and treatments that are not coverage by any third party insurer as Persh has pointed out. But my major point is that when the consumer had finally had enough, he votes with his pocket book, his vote at the poles, and his choice of Dr, Hospital, Pharmacy, medication, HMO/Pvt Pay, ect. The food chain must recognize this and change because they are more vulnerable than ever before. The tide is turning.
PS, I am not running for Congress and will now get off the stage! Its Martini time.
AMEN, General !
The General always has the last word. Besides, so many Canadians come spend their winter days here in San Diego and live longer as a direct consequence, the stats never mention that fact fer sherr ...
Bye for now,
Mispec-Use your head longest life expectancy in USA is in North Dakota...very similar to Canada, low homicide rate, compare that to Blacks in inner cities. OTOH-Life in Canada may only seem longer with those high taxes.Maky I'm sure will comment.We had a very low life expectancy in my first Demon squadron about 36 for pilots.
Where do you get your claim about life expectancy? I located information that Canada has a life expectancy of 2-3 years longer than the United States. Are you claiming that the health care system in Canada is the reason why? Where's the evidence?
Prices in Canada are dictated by the provincial formularies!
There are no quantity discounts or anything of the sort except when it comes to Saskatchewan, which is really set up on a bid and tender system, and those that have the lowest prices get listed on the Saskatchewan formulary.
When all is said and done, even with what many of us consider to be a second rate health care system, life expectancy in Canada exceeds that of the US by about 5 or more years!
On occasion 2/3 would show up...we never liked this. If nothing else it just crowds things.
The detail person might leave samples of some drug nobody would use, say Omnicef, but if other products were requested (as samples), well, they did not have them.
The last big diagnostic piece of equipment was from ABT and I was impressed with the reps...and the equipment.
I did say, "Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid...there is not a nickles worth of difference."
There is no differnce in price either, and I mean none.
Many drugs are granted patents for insignificant differences...