Monday, October 22, 2007

A Lesson in Lower Healthcare Costs from the UK?

Here's something the U.S. can learn from the U.K. about lowering healthcare costs, improving efficiency and increasing access:

Allow pharmacists to dispense certain drugs without a prescription from a physician? The Food and Drug Administration is inviting comment on just such a proposal. The idea is to add a new class of "behind the counter" drugs that consumers could buy after consultation with a pharmacist.

Other countries, including Britain, already use this system to dispense drugs that do not require sophisticated diagnosis and prescription.

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2 Comments:

At 10/22/2007 11:43 PM, Blogger juandos said...

Remember that old saying?

"Follow the Money!"

Fraud and Florida's multimillion-dollar wheelchair

One Miami-area medical equipment supplier managed to bill the U.S. government so often for a wheelchair it ended up costing $5 million.

Last year south Florida accounted for 80 percent of the drugs billed across the entire United States for Medicare beneficiaries with HIV/AIDS, even though the region only had about one in 10 of eligible HIV/AIDS patients.
(there is more)

 
At 10/23/2007 12:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The NHS has reduced costs by reducing care. Some of the reductions have been lethal.

 

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