Sunday, August 3, 2008

Unaffordable Health Care

Rapid advances in Medical Science is now giving more and more treatment options to the patient. Whether it is Leukemia, Cancers, Parkinsonism, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes or many of the other chronic diseases, newer and newer drugs brings hope to the suffering millions, but will their hope of a better life be fulfilled?
The astronomically high costs of newer drugs make sure that only the fortunate few will be able to get the benefit. For the rest it will be pure agony of suffering with the knowledge that treatment is available but is unaffordable. Maybe, they would have been better off if there was no treatment. Then they could have suffered and died peacefully.
Why newer drugs are so costly? Why we cannot share the fruits of scientific research evenly among all human beings of the World? Why a handful of pharmaceutical Giants reap the profit of our scientific advances?

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