By Adjoa Agyeiwaa, Truthout | News Analysis
The US Congressional Budget Office has confirmed what many of us suspected: The bill proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders to allow Americans to buy prescription drugs from Canada and other countries would save US taxpayers $6.8 billion over 10 years. When Sanders introduced the legislation, he pointed to the absurd disparity between what Americans shell out for prescription drugs compared to the amount paid by people in other countries: $1,112 per person in 2014, compared to $772 in Canada and $325 in Denmark.
The US health care system is often found lacking when compared with those found in wealthy Western European countries. But how does the US system compare with poorer countries, such as Guinea or Liberia? It turns out that much like people in Africa’s poorest communities, many Americans suffer from both lack of access to facilities and exorbitant drug pricing. The main difference is that the US spends more on health care than any other country in the world.
Source: News Now/truthout.org