In my last article, I wrote briefly of the unrestrained pursuit of profit and how dangerous it is to our health. Medical care in the US represents huge amounts of money, all out of our pockets. However, I find it difficult to understand the true cost, even when I picture in my mind a football field full, neatly stacked, about five feet high with $100.00 dollar bills (that is about one trillion dollars). We in the US spend trillion$ of dollar$ on medical care.
To me that is not the true cost, until I take it down to the cost to the individual. Here I am going to write of just one ailment, Diabetes. In the small place where I work, there are about 80 employees and I know of 8 who have diabetes, no big deal because all of those unfortunate individuals have insurance, the major reason for their working. Each of the 8 pays about $800.00 per month for their insulin and most of them can not afford their insulin. So, somehow, somewhere I am paying for part of their diabetes expenses. Total insulin expense each month for these eight unfortunate individuals each month is $7,200.00, $86,400.00 per year (that is just 8 diabetics).
Now, when we look at the US as a nation, about 29.1 million people have or suffer from diabetes and that is where the football fields full of one hundred dollar billes comes in ($100). I have difficulty comprehending dollar amounts that large. Now, when I think of the reality that at least 50% of those unfortunate individuals could rid themselves of their diabetes, through better food choices, nutrition, life style changes, etc. and stop paying their/our $800.00 each and every month for the rest of their/our lives, the unrestrained pursuit of profit again comes to mind. We are thinking here only of money cost, what about quality of life cost. Robert Brown