Saturday, May 14, 2022

DID YOU KNOW THIS? AMERICANS PAY HIGHEST PRICE IN WORLD FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDS

Friends, welcome to the Growing Green weekend post.  

According to the American Assocation of Retired Persons (AARP Bulletin, May 2022) people are skipping doses or not refilling prescriptions in order to avoid high cost of medicines.

Not all Americans are pushed to such extremes, thankfully.  In my own case, I am able to purchase prescribed medications at prices I can afford due to my Medicare insurance.  I'm so very grateful for that.  My age-mates include people who can't afford such insurance, and they are affected because they have to pay the entire cost.  Those who are pushed to such extremes should be provided a way back to affordable, appropriate medical and medicinal help.


Doctor and patients in West Africa

According to the AARP source cited above Americans--neither Africans, nor Europeans, nor Asians, as one might expect--pay the highest prices in the world for prescription medications.  

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation last December 2021 that would initiate prescription drug reform.  The Senate has not passed the legislation yet.  

If you're concerned for the Americans who can't afford their meds., now would be the time to write to the senators representing your state. Ask them to support legislation to initiate prescription drug reform, approved, by the House of Representatives in December 2021. They will know what you're writing about.  Ask for prompt passage.   


Thank you for reading.  If you wish to respond, click "Post."   I'm trying to provide a "Growing Green" post every weekend.  You're welcome to return weekly.  My broad themes include economic growth with environmental, justice and neighbor love values--local and global. 



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