U.S. healthcare system

05 Jan: Glenn Beck “sees the light” about dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system

CNN pundit Glenn Beck made this video from his bed at home to shed light on what he now believes is wrong with the U.S. healthcare system — inspired, he claims, by the fact that he was mistreated. Unfortunately, what the video really reveals is not what’s wrong with healthcare (that should be obvious), but what’s wrong with U.S. “journalism” today — namely, putting egomaniacal, uninformed pundits like Beck on the air in the first place. It’s clear that the only reason he’s upset is that HE got poor care; as he says in the video, “it’s jarring to me to be a successful guy” and be put in this position. We feel so sorry for you…really. Actually, we feel…

14 Sep: San Francisco implements universal healthcare

Just as with prescription drug programs, municipal governments are taking matters into their own hands to deal with America’s failed healthcare system. From the WSJ Health Blog: Another local effort to deliver complete health care to everybody is emerging, this time from San Francisco. Later this year, the city will begin offering what it says will be a comprehensive care network for all city residents who have been uninsured for at least 90 days … Care will be free to those below the poverty line, with those who earn more paying quarterly fees between $60 and $675, depending on income … Officials hope the projected $200 million cost will be at least partly offset by getting more people in for…

26 Jul: Another reason patients die in a “me”-based healthcare system

Maggie Mahar, author of Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much, argues at TPMCafe that our “me”-oriented healthcare system makes it difficult to permit terminal patients to purchase potentially life-saving drugs that have not yet been approved by the FDA. Writes Mahar: A recent study shows that fully 42% of the products that make it to the third, and final phase of FDA trials ultimately fail because they prove ineffective and/or unsafe. How do so many lemons get so far? The study suggests that once a drug company has invested a certain amount of money “and reserachers have invested a certain amount of time and ego” it becomes difficult to admit failure. Moreover, as long as investors…

05 Feb: Five Questions with Merrill Goozner

Merrill Goozner is one of our heroes. In fact, his 2004 book, The $800 Million Pill, was one of our inspirations for starting eDrugSearch.com. Obviously, ours is a for-profit venture — but we also think we are doing some good by offering consumers an alternative to Big Pharma’s rigged pricing system in the U.S. We recently asked Merrill about his interest in the pharmaceutical industry, his opinion on Canadian imports, and his predictions for the future of our healthcare system. Cary: You’ve covered many, many stories over the course of your career in journalism. What is it about the pharmaceutical industry that has captured and held your interest? Merrill: While attending the Breaux-Thomas commission hearings on Medicare reform on Capitol Hill…