Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Seems like you can't win...

First I read this article and one would think "Yeah, it's bad, but the problem is mostly limited to Chinese Pharma" but then I read this which shows how truly shocking the state of the pharma industry is. This is like a modern day Upton Sinclair Jungle (read it here). Not that this is an argument for or against, but given the current push toward Universal Health Care, or some semblance of it, I wonder what will happen if prices and thus costs are ever pressed downwards? In the pursuit of cost savings will production be pushed more and more overseas and into factories with qality (sic) processes? The point is not one on Universal Health Care, per se, but that one must consider the system, in toto. Fundamentally, costs at all levels would need to be controlled. but I haven't heard anyone discuss that or how we would maintain or improve quality, while still improving access and costs.






1 comment:

Margee said...

Anderson Cooper 360 had a fabulous roundtable discussion with David Gergen and Fareed Zarkaria in which the discussion touched on health care and how the cost of insuring people under universal health care are nothing compared to the costs of the health care and how none of the candidates are discussing this. Ultimately, Zakaria suggests, we'll see a real rationing system.

Glad to see you 'thinking' again.....