Jon Oliver’s Last Week Tonight is back with another excellent investigative report. This time he takes aim at one source of the problem of why health care costs in the US are so high and that is the way that drug companies work with doctors to push people into taking expensive prescription drugs.
I was astonished by the statistic that 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug and more than 50% take at least two, so that the cost is $1,000 per person per year. Can that be right? After all, we are talking about all Americans, not just adults. Since 23% of the population is under 18, that must mean that practically every single adult is taking them, assuming that very few children do.
Here is just the last part of that report, consisting of a parody add.
Oliver gives a website openpaymentsdata.cms.gov that tells you what your doctor’s relationship with drug companies is.