Good Sunday (although its almost shot as I write this)
A couple of things. I spent some time with a friend of mine.
Understand, they have no TV, and listens to music they
Like on the radio (rock)..only listens to conservative
Talk radio, and no internet connection.
They are in early 60, and have a small farm.
I am frankly amazed at some things that come out
Of their mouth....first, trump is one of the most
Popular president in history, and his approval
Rate is one of the highest in history...then how
The Russians did nothing to impact our elections,
How our biggest problem is mexico...and no matter
What he has done, its worth it to protect our guns.
Yes, my friend is not like most around here.
You can pick them out easy at a farm gathering.
I don't say much....because I'll be told I'm wrong,
I just hold my tounge and visit, and help
Second, I was catching up on my long hair stuff.
Watched a video from UCSD on liver disease
And management. It was a couple months old.
Fatty liver disease was discussed. The norm, the
Review of the disease process, current research
On management, and new compounds being
Tested and on the horizon.
At the end, Q&A and an interesting question brought
Up. The cost of the medications...one was $70,000
A year, another over $100,000 per year.
For a newer diabetic drug that goes along with
It, victosa...is $12,000 a year.
This doctor asked, would it not be better...and
Cheaper, to pay these people to stay at a facility
Or pay period..and also pay all food costs....
Basicly, your job, is your disease.
In this instance, diet is the best medication...
So in 6 months to a year, the condition would
Be under control....pay patients $3,000 a month,
Give $1,000 a month for food, and $60 month
Gym membership....it would be more effective
Than medication...and $20,000 a year cheaper !!!
The room was silent..,then filled with applause.
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The high cost of medication is to cover research and development and a reasonable profit though pharmaceutical companies gouge. Are you paying “these people” (or me as you alternately reference) to research medicine? Are “these people” who are being institutionalized to be allowed to go home and spend holidays with families? Conjugal visits? I tried to follow your post. I swear I did.
Re: Today's observations
Raise, was the high cost of medications.
The idea was, it would be cheaper to pay people
To take care of themselves, to include the
Money to have a "healthy" diet....rather than all
The meds currently taking to help the problem.
In some cases, such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease...or even Alcohol induced disease...of
Which it is estimated that almost 20% of the
A 6 month to a year program, of excersise, weight
Loss, doctor visits, etc....would rid much of
The fat, and additional benefits of lower
Blood sugar, or allow the gi track to
Heal from alcohol.
In the above, it might be more cost effective compaired to say $12,000 for victosa, and
A couple of advanced anti inflammatory agents
Which are close relationship to some cancer
Drugs, of which one was $70,000 per year and
Another, has a pricetag of almost $400,000
Per year !!
This concept is far different from our current "treat
It when you get it" rather than "nip it in the bud".
The question is...would this be done by "society"
Or Insurance company.... actually, for an insurance
Company it might be cheaper, than the medication
And medical care.
Clear as mud now ?? 😨