101077Re: Obama and the 'Drug Killer'
- Nov 1, 2008On Fri, Oct 31, 2008 at 3:48 PM, John Williams
>So the claim here is that Americans are almost solely subsidizing the drug
> As I wrote in the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics: "What complicates
> the picture is socialized medicine, which exists in almost every country
> outside the United States and even, with Medicare and Medicaid, in the
> United States. Because governments in countries with socialized medicine
> tend to be the sole bargaining agent in dealing with drug companies,
> these governments often set prices that are low by U.S. standards. This
> comes about because these governments have monopsony power--that is,
> monopoly power on the buyer's side--and they use this power to get good
> deals. These governments are, in effect, saying that if they can't buy
> it cheaply, their citizens can't get it."
development costs for the entire rest of the world? And by posting this, I
assume you think this should remain status quo? Wow, you must really enjoy
spreading our wealth around! Welcome to the liberal democratic elite! :-)
>And yet the drug companies still sell those under priced drugs in those
> Drugs are not too expensive in the U.S.; they're artificially cheap
> elsewhere. It's also not much of an exaggeration to say that new drugs
> are developed for, and as a result of, the American market because of
> its pricing flexibility.
countries? Can't they just not sell them there if a fair price isn't met?
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