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Why Are US Medical Costs so High?

on Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:18am
03/12/2020 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm, Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hanke Room, Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Rd, Ladue MO 63117 (block west of Brentwood Blvd)

* Gary Gaddis, M.D., PhD., Washington Univ Evidence-Based Medicine Expert

* Don Fitz, Ph.D., Green Party of St. Louis

Mimi Signor, RN, MSN, Missourians for Single Payer

* Rev. Elston McCowan, Green Party of Missouri [moderator]

The US spends over twice as much for health care than other rich countries. Yet Americans suffer worse medical outcomes than some poor nations. Many factors feed into bloated medical costs, including the greedy insurance industry, quality of care based on wealth, illnesses from over-treatment, industrial and agricultural poisons, unnecessary waste, and executive salaries. Excessive costs are often due to drugs. Drug manufacturers have intentionally defrauded the public, as exemplified by Tamiflu and Nexium. What can we do about the US sickness industry?