The prices for drugs are rising, and there are no caps to prevent them from reaching extravagant prices.
The argument that the pharmaceutical companies need to charge ever higher prices to cover research costs is simply not true.
They tend to respond to conversation about certain drugs rather than reading the biomedical literature.
Physicians Physicians play a key role in ensuring that their patients receive adequate healthcare, but also in controlling the rising costs of healthcare.
Although they receive remuneration for their services, the doctor-patient relationship is a sacred trust that transcends monetary reward. Finally, democratic government has duties and responsibilities towards its citizens, but how they are defined in regard to the provision of healthcare is an evolving American story.
Insurance Industry Currently rising premiums and strict requirements are keeping many people from obtaining health insurance.
They have to find a balance between having a gatekeeper role for the insurance companies and being an advocate for the patient.
Assigning a gatekeeper role to primary care physicians had the intention of lowering healthcare costs because fewer tests and referrals would be made.
Marcia Angell, previously an editor of the , has written extensively about the unethical behaviors of pharmaceutical companies. Through personal experience the author who had an office practice since the early 1980s, witnessed a sinister change in the way pharmaceutical companies market their products to physicians.
Previously they sent pharmacists with depth of knowledge about their products to objectively educate the physician about the benefits and risks of a particular brand medication.