Visionary Society
/* SEARCH */
/* MAIN LINKS */
Explore
(Change Location)
X
Select your Location

Login / Register
X
Login

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register


X
Add your community to Visionary Society


Visionary Society is meant to grow naturally by those who have a special interest in any aspect of it, and would like to help develop that part in their community.

Please enter your location and explain what your interest in Visionary Society is and what role you'd like to take. We'll review this and start taking steps to making your community more Visionary!
You must be logged in to add a location

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register

 
Prices
This is an Inactive Session within the Topic Health Care
Session Type: required
 
 
Add Your Own Image (Optional)
X
You must be logged in to Add a Topic Image

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register
Add Topic Image

 
 
Photos will be automatically cropped to 900 x 300 pixels
(Smaller or large images will zoom or crop to fit.)
 
Progress Developing this Session (Public View)
 
This Session in under development. Want to contribute? Anyone can share a Perspective or Resource. Add your thought, hope, story, book, or action!
After submitting your idea, the Topic Creator will review your suggestions.
 
Perspectives:
None yet !
 
Resources:
0!
 
 
Preview this Session
 
Perspectives and Resources
Perspectives are simple statements on any perspective or opinion about the Topic.
Resources are text or video or any other materials to give background for deeper understanding of Perspectives.
 
Perspectives
 
Add a Perspective
X
 
Add a Perspective to this Topic Session
Perspectives are simple statements on any perspective or opinion about the Topic. Our goal is to present a wide variety of varying opinions - both for and against a situation - so users can explore and decide on the Topic as a whole.

Suggestions:
► Try to include a variety of Perspectives, including those you absolutely disagree with. The fact that you've added a Perspective doesn't mean you agree with it!
► A Perspective is any point of view. It could be something insightful and inspiring, or blunt and unexpected.
► Don't include backup facts or longer explanations or justifications - use Resources for that.

Before adding a Perspective, please look at those already listed on this page and vote on them.


You must be logged in to Add a Perspective to this Topic

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register
 
 
Resources
 
Add a Resource
X

Add a Resource
Is there an inspiring speech, talk, insight, play, song, painting or performance that you would like to share?

Resources may be from a famous writer, a friend or teacher, a comment in a blog, a brilliant recording, a great poem, or anything else!
You must be logged in to Add a Resource to this Topic

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register
 
(Video, Text, PDF document, Image, Audio or Link)
 
 
Sections are areas of the Topic Session, each with their own Perspectives, Resources and Comments.
 
Perspectives
 
Add a Perspective
X
 
Add a Perspective to this Topic Session
Perspectives are simple statements on any perspective or opinion about the Topic. Our goal is to present a wide variety of varying opinions - both for and against a situation - so users can explore and decide on the Topic as a whole.

Suggestions:
► Try to include a variety of Perspectives, including those you absolutely disagree with. The fact that you've added a Perspective doesn't mean you agree with it!
► A Perspective is any point of view. It could be something insightful and inspiring, or blunt and unexpected.
► Don't include backup facts or longer explanations or justifications - use Resources for that.

Before adding a Perspective, please look at those already listed on this page and vote on them.


You must be logged in to Add a Perspective to this Topic

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register
 
 
Text: Examples of excessive prices
X
Examples of excessive prices

"And a simple $25 surgery developed by a Nepali ophthalmologist, Dr. Sanduk Ruit, lets people suffering from cataracts see again."
In related good news, American doctors performing the same cataract procedure charge $3,542 for the same exact procedure, a 14,000% mark-up over the rate in Nepal.
In 2015, the average cost of cataract surgery performed in the United States for someone without Medicare or private health insurance was $3,542 per eye.
Downtown Verona, NJ
http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/cataract-surgery-cost.htm

Physicians now have the prestige of used-car salesmen?
About 5 years ago I came down with pancreatis while vacationing in Paris. I was hospitalized for 2 weeks given many tests and complicated procedures and billed $23,000.00 for my stay. My insurance picked up the entire bill. After returning to the states I suffered a relapse and was admitted to New York Weill Cornell, probably the best hospital in New York. I was there almost 1 month and received the same type of care I received in Paris. The bill, around $500,000.00.” NYT, Sep 21 2014 Richard Cohen New York , United States

I went to the emergency room this year and got a cat scan and saw a P.A. instead of a doctor. I was there two hours and told to take ibuprofen for my pain. I got the Bill they sent to Blue Cross. $13,000.00 THIRTEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS! and did not see a real doctor. or get a prescription or injection. --- That is a problem. Thirteen grand for this???
NYT 7-4-2015. Salb. Detroit

If you were really indigent with nothing, then the law would usually require them to treat you for free. Otherwise they will try to collect, even to the extent of seizing your assets in some states - In some states, they can put a lean against your property. In this latter regard, the good news is that you don't own the property that you live on (I'd previously thought that you did). If they can though, they will still try to take whatever liquid or material assets that you might have.




Other Resource: Text: Unaffordable drug prices
X
Unaffordable drug prices

For anyone still under the impression that the major pharmaceutical companies only have our best interests at heart, they should read this eye-opening admission from this Big Pharma CEO.
Via Raw Story:
In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers said that his company’s new cancer drug, Nexavar, isn’t “for Indians,” but “for western patients who can afford it.”
The drug, which is particularly effective on late-stage kidney and liver cancer, costs approximately $69,000 per year in India, so in March 2012 an Indian court granted a license to an Indian company to produce to the drug at a 97 percent discount.
Bayer sued Natco Pharma Ltd., but in March of last year, the High Court in Mumbai denied its appeal. Bayer CEO called the compulsory license issued by the Indian court “essentially theft,” then said “[w]e did not develop this medicine for Indians…[w]e developed it for western patients who can afford it.”
Nexavar costs approximately $96,000 per year in the United States, but Bayer assures “western patients” that they can have access to the drug for a $100 copay.
The United States International Trade Commission said that it will investigate “Indian policies that discriminate against U.S. trade and investment,” and despite the High Court’s decision, many in the Indian government are worried about the effect it will have on U.S.-India relations.
In an e-mail to Bloomberg Businessweek, Bristol-Meyers Squibb said that it is “deeply concerned with the deteriorating protections for patented innovative medicines in India.” The court cases that could ensue could tie up the Indian legal system in a manner that makes it impossible for doctors in the country to acquire any version of the drugs at any cost.

Source: Orwell Was Right, March 2015


 
Add a Resource
(Video, Text, PDF document,
Image, Audio or Link)
X

Add a Resource
Is there an inspiring speech, talk, insight, play, song, painting or performance that you would like to share?

Resources may be from a famous writer, a friend or teacher, a comment in a blog, a brilliant recording, a great poem, or anything else!
You must be logged in to Add a Resource to this Topic

 
 
Remember Me
 
(Forgot your password?)
 
 
Not a member of Visionary Society? Register
 
Comment Question or Note


Add Comment or Question
X

 
 
Preview this Session