The human cost of insulin in America

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    The human cost of insulin in America

    Stories of Americans rationing insulin - and dying for it - have been making national headlines.

    The most famous case, perhaps, was 26-year-old Alec Smith, who died in 2017 less than a month after he aged out of his mother's health insurance plan. Despite working full-time making more than minimum wage, he could not afford to buy new insurance or pay the $1,000 a month for insulin without it.

    I cant get my head around this . Surely if someone was unable to afford the drugs and became ill then their Doctor would give them the drugs to prevent them dying ?
     
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    Insulin has been around now for close to a hundred years.

    It’s cost should be no more than aspirin by now.

    Shameful!
     
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    The rich live/poor die

    that's capitalism

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    Not if they pay attention and let someone know. There are plenty of programs out there to pay for or help pay for it. If you have diabetes, you need to be pro active, and not wait until the last minute. And, guaranteed, if you walk into a hospital or call an ambulance and need an insulin injection, it will be given to you, regardless of ability to pay
     
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    This sounds like a total disconnect from the article. Why was he not aware of any potential help ? Or did he not qualify ?
     
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    D50 depotoo......which won't help the hyperglycemic.

    But you've a point, the emergency services, as well as ER's can't refuse treatment under JACHO

    Which is exactly why we've a pandemic of ER's closing in America

    In response, the insurance cabal , who basically own everything out to neptune, are opening wellness /walk in / clinics .......specifically to refuse the great unwashed....

    https://www.healthaffairs.org/do/10.1377/hblog20140911.041343/full/


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    A and E departments over here are also under threat. The difference here is that we can turf out the politicians who make these decisions. They tread warily around the will of the people.
    But that story is pretty shocking.
     
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    Because it's been socialist medicine for decades there , it removed and displaced the greed along with the influence(s) of greed we have to deal with here

    pros/cons Tom

    what i can tell you is, America is a lousy country to get sick and/or old in.....IF you've no $$$$

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    There are a few things that government can do better than the corporations. Health is one of them.
     

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