As a physician, I have my own personal index of health care costs, and it is this: I look at how many of my patients tell me they can’t afford their medications.
Drug costs are so high that some take only the drugs they “really, really need.” Or they start cutting dosages, which is nothing new. This has long been a dangerous problem.
But the problem is growing, not improving. Even near-universal access to insurance and access to care have not solved this problem of high health care costs.
Pharmaceuticals are a huge part of this problem.Read more