# Health Care: The cost of medications

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They make enough money let's face it.

Perhaps. But if we were to somehow ban profits entirely, it would only turn the $466 tube of medication into a$375 tube. It's important to understand the basic scale of what we're dealing with.

mheslep
Gold Member
Perhaps. But if we were to somehow ban profits entirely, it would only turn the $466 tube of medication into a$375 tube. It's important to understand the basic scale of what we're dealing with.
More likely the tube would never exist.

Staff Emeritus
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I have tried some alternatives in the past but none were effective. However, I'm itching to see what my dermatologist has to say about your list.

mheslep
Gold Member
Wal-Mart Claims $4 Generics Have Saved Consumers$1 B
http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2008/03/14/wal-mart-claims-4-generics-have-saved-consumers-1-billion/

Wal-Mart’s doing a bit of chest thumping this morning, claiming that its $4 generics program has saved consumers$1 billion — $1,032,573,012.61 as of March 10, to be precise. The company says the$4 drugs now account for 40% of all prescriptions filled at its stores, adding that nearly 30% of the cheap prescriptions are purchased without insurance.

There should be some way to see if this is effecting any of the nationwide stats on costs. Im guessing high deductible plans (HSAs) have something to do with this.