05. April 2004 · Comments Off on $15 Billion for Africa or RX? · Categories: Social/Culture · Tags: ,

“The World Health Organization has certified four anti-AIDS drugs as safe and effective. Three are generic drugs produced by Indian companies.” – IHT

So why can’t some of the $15 billion that Bush has pledged to combat AIDS in Africa be used to buy the cheaper WHO certified drugs? Is it because it’s more important to traffik than it is to save lives? Is Africa a killing field and our best interest lies in making money from it?

18. February 2004 · Comments Off on Public health care more effecient than private health care…? · Categories: Economics, Politics, Social/Culture · Tags: ,

Incoming stat…

Paul Krugman reports…

Where is the money [spent on health care] going? A lot of it goes to overhead. A recent study found that private insurance companies spend 11.7 cents of every health care dollar on administrative costs, mainly advertising and underwriting, compared with 3.6 cents for Medicare and 1.3 cents for Canada’s government-run system. Also, our system is very generous to drug companies and other medical suppliers, because — unlike other countries’ systems — it doesn’t bargain for lower prices.

Krugman indicates he will talk more about alternatives for health care in future columns so keep an eye out…

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