Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Our Broken Health Care System

From Monday's Chicago Tribune:

$325 Monthly co-pay charged Roberta Steinwald, 53, for the drug Copaxone, which she takes for multiple sclerosis. The Maryland woman previously paid $20, but her insurance policy with Kaiser Permanente switched from a fixed co-pay amount to a percentage of the the drug's $1,900 monthly cost. "I charged it, then got into my car and burst into tears," Steinwald said. Health insurance companies are rapidly adopting the new pricing system for very expensive drugs.

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