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Doctors Have Sold Us Out

September 30th, 2006

If you’ve heard my views on our current healthcare situation, or you’re a previous supervisor of mine who now works as a drug rep, you’ll know that I believe this: Doctors Have Sold Us Out. Glenn Beck reinforced my belief last week when he did a segment with Dr. Peter Rost about how drug companies are more concerned with stuffing their pockets with cash than helping the average consumer remain healthy or pain-free.

I don’t have time to go into all the details of corruption, but let’s just look at a couple of facts:

  • In 2002, the 10 drug companies on the Forbes 500 list combined for 35.9 billion in profit. The other 490 companies made a combined 33.7 billion.
  • In the 2000 elections, drug companies spent more on lobbying Congress than any other industry.

OK, so have the doctors or the pharma companies sold us out? Both. Pharma companies continue to jack up prices, as the fact above should indicate clearly. They could care less that drug prices are rising at five times the rate of inflation. In fact, they could care less about your physical well-being. They just want you addicted to their drug, and constantly asking your doctor for a refill on that prescription. So they find the sexiest and most attractive women to work as reps to constantly entice doctors to write for their product. Here’s where the doctors come in. I’m sure there are exceptions, but the majority of doctors will do the natural thing…help those who help them. Hook me up with a nice golf package? “Sure, I’ll write for your drugs, no problem!” And the evil cycle of sky-rocketing prices and doctor-bribing shows no signs of repentance.

Talking heads like Bill O’reilly have been all over the energy companies for supposed price-gouging. To me, the issue of healthcare corruption is much more troubling. Anyone think we’re not getting hosed?

Tyson Politics

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