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In which Hank is pissed off because the price of his prescription drugs went up 1200% in one month. So he asks nerdfighteria to write a nice letter to Roger Boissonneault at rboissonneault@wcrx.com. If you could ask him why the price went up so much, why the program expired four months early, and why no effort was made to contact my doctor about these dramatic changes, that would be fantastic. Also, whatever else you want to say. I feel a little bit like this was a heroin deal "first time's free" kind of thing. Apparently, drug companies have the same marketing strategies as drug dealers...nice to know they're in such good company. HERE ARE A LOT OF LINKS TO NERDFIGHTASTIC THINGS: Shirts and Stuff: http://dftba.com/artist/30/Vlogbrothers Hank's Music: http://dftba.com/artist/15/Hank-Green John's Books: http://amzn.to/j3LYqo ====================== Hank's Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/hankgreen Hank's Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hankimon Hank's tumblr: http://edwardspoonhands.tumblr.com John's Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/realjohngreen John's Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/johngreenfans John's tumblr: http://fishingboatproceeds.tumblr.com ====================== Other Channels Crash Course: http://www.youtube.com/crashcourse SciShow: http://www.youtube.com/scishow Gaming: http://www.youtube.com/hankgames VidCon: http://www.youtube.com/vidcon Hank's Channel: http://www.youtube.com/hankschannel Truth or Fail: http://www.youtube.com/truthorfail ====================== Nerdfighteria http://effyeahnerdfighters.com/ http://effyeahnerdfighters.com/nftumblrs http://reddit.com/r/nerdfighters http://nerdfighteria.info/ A Bunny (\(\ ( - -) ((') (')
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Katelynn Bray (1 день назад)
Hello Hank, I understand that I am seven years late to this video but I am binge watching vlogbrothers and YouTube is taking me down a rabbit hole of old videos. I struggled with my UC for over ten years in incredible pain and often unable to keep a job because of it. In the last two years I have felt much better and feel comparable to a "normal person" now. I attribute it to eat plant based foods which tend to be more antiinflammatory and trying to find stress relieving activities like making art, meditating, and journaling. Not sure if any of this is helpful to you or anyone else going through it but I wanted to share just in case. -Katelynn
Rusty Shackelford (1 месяц назад)
Fucking warner chilcotting us still. This is not ok.
Gwendolyn H (1 месяц назад)
**Sobs in 2018 American Healthcare costs** Hey 2018 American Nerdfighters: Be a voter this year! PLEASE REGISTER TO VOTE AND TURN UP FOR THE 2018 MIDTERMS IN NOVEMBER. Your vote matters, ESPECIALLY at the local and state level. Vote for the changes locally that you wish to see at the federal level. Here's how to get started: https://www.youtube.com/howtovoteineverystate And/or https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote Be a voter this year!
BoBoMosasaur (2 месяца назад)
Ah, W@#%^# C!@##$*^
samuel young (3 месяца назад)
We have Medicare and (I think) Medicaid. That means we pay about fifty dollars for moms meds. If we didn't have those, we would pay over a grand, possibly over two grand, for her meds
Snaily (4 месяца назад)
No one mention the NHS. He'll be more angry.
Tentacles XOX (8 месяцев назад)
So Martin Shkreli was basically Chilcott (is that how you spell it) 2.0? What is going on in the US and why are there no safeguards in place for unethical medicinal and pharmaceutical practices? How are things like this not illegal?
Darren D. MacDonald (9 месяцев назад)
Damn... you pay more for that, than i do for... i mean... everything... Housing, bills... Not food. My gas bill went up a lot... but not 1200%.
* * (9 месяцев назад)
Bernie Sanders TRIED to get a bill together so that medications can be imported from Canada (same exact medications) so that people can actually afford their medicine. Here’s the kicker: most democrats wouldn’t even help. The party that claims to be for the poor and middle class didn’t care to help get this bill off the ground and passed. Why? Because most democrats are beholden to their donors and they all take money from the pharmaceutical industry. Please do your homework before you vote, but please vote. It’s extremely important.
MeSoyCapitan (9 месяцев назад)
What happened, still the same price now,
G S (1 год назад)
So very true and well-presented. I feel powerless most of the time with things that are ridiculously unjust and powered by money-grubbing lobbyists.
Bass Fight (1 год назад)
Yo getting more and more glad that I don't live in the bizarre country that is the USA. Things like this, even six years ago.
Dea (1 год назад)
It's 2017 and Asacol costs between 47 and 157 dollars where I live. And when you've paid 276 dollar in medical expenses from the new year, the rest of your expenses that same year is free. That includes doctors visits and out patient procedures. Universal healthcare ftw!
Billy Alarie (1 год назад)
have we decided on updating the phrase to Martin Shkreli'ing?
Tim Larsson (1 год назад)
One of the amazing things of living in Sweden is that you pay for your medications, but the government (or tax payers) pay for some of it too, so it's not overly expensive... And then, once you've bought medications for US $277... the rest is free. for a year from the first purchase of that period. Since I also have Ulcerative Colitis, I also have some expensive meds. But it's only ever 277 bucks for a whole year of medications... and if you are smart, you buy more as soon as you're allowed, to be able to maybe get a month or so extra worth of pills... making it basically 13 or 14 months of medications for only $277. Yes, I know, it's not free, it's tax funded... but there are so many tax funded things I get to benefit from: school, school lunches, higher education, clean tap water, cheap health care (37 bucks to see a doctor, including whatever treatment you might need. maybe 10 bucks more if you need an x-ray)... and a lot of other stuff I can't think of right now. Anyway, as a fellow chronic sufferer, I suffer for your pain and your shitty medication deals (pun quite intended).
Emily P (1 год назад)
Thank you for making this video! It makes me feel less alone. The cost of prescription drugs in this country is ridiculous. I used to take Asacol for my Crohn's disease; now I take one of the other "big name" drugs. I am the healthiest I've been in years, but the cost has gone up to over $5,200 a month. If I didn't have Medicaid, I'm not sure what I would do.
Francie Hartsog (1 год назад)
Watching many of mental health clients not able to get counseling because their deductibles, are so high, which means they can't pay their co-pays. They choose to spend what money they do have to pay for their kid's health and the very bare necessities of health care. I pray things will change!
Xavier Rose (1 год назад)
Woah.... My prescriptions cost me $6.30 here in Australia. I feel sorry for America.
Dezarae Freise (1 год назад)
Oh my gosh. You have UC? No one else I know does. It is good to know that one of my role models goes through the same struggles I do. (Though I am on a different drug to try not to die.) My meds also have gone up in price (actually because of recent regulations under the trump administration. )
Gareth Baus (1 год назад)
A 1200% price hike is ridiculous. Hope this issue has been worked out since the video was posted.
5th dimension (1 год назад)
you was pissed off because you choose to be pissed off don't give the external world the remote control to your emotional state every starts everything begins with you and ends with you no outside resources is required
martijn ellenbroek (1 год назад)
uy way too good to other peaole
James Rae (1 год назад)
I wish you had done this John Oliver-style and had your viewers mail human waste to the CEO and other executives of the company or something.
Luca Jelena Anton (1 год назад)
thats so fu**ed up. My mother is sick and I hate it, that something you need to have a life which is worth living, has to been paied by yourself when you invest in a health care every month. it`s just bs, that some medications get paied by your health care (at least in germany) and others not although they are so important for the people. My mother pays 1000 euro for her medicine. after two or three times she set them up because it was to expencive for us and she couldn`t affort it.
mason shucart (1 год назад)
Have you checked out Lialda? It helped me out more so than Asacol. It is more on the side of extended release tabs, sometimes they don't digest all the way if you're feeling bad that day. I also tried Remicade but those are infusions. It's so tiring having to pay that much for basically the rest of your life. I know that feel.
Nico Toro (1 год назад)
Hey yeah I know the feeling, I have to take humera twice a month which costs $3000 a month and it was a pain when the prices increased sadly I'm forced to take it twice a month until I die or go broke, and the company that makes humera has a monopoly on the drug so I'm screwed for life, and I don't want to sound petty or over reaching but can it please be possible for you Hank or John to talk about crohns or even IBS, I feel that no one gives a shit about my illness and it's poorly funded, but what do I get to complain my illness isn't much to some other illnesses, also I just want to say that the discovery of the 7 new planets around the red dwarf would most likely be tidally locked and since red dwarfs and known to spew lots of charged particles ( I can't remember what the name of that is called) the planets are most likely very mercury like on one side and fully frozen on the other
Lily Wang (1 год назад)
I feel bad for you Hank. I'm sorry.
Isabella Bornberg (1 год назад)
how is the situation today? I'd be interested in an update
Rusty Shackelford (1 месяц назад)
It's still shitty. Maybe worse. ACA definitely provided some small amount of a safety net, but it's been gutted in many ways and those big corps looking to warner chilcott us are only making more and more price increases as wages remain stagnant and the rate of poverty increases within the USA. Things were looking good for a while there though. Maybe soon it will return to those good times.
JoAnne Markov (2 года назад)
I would love to see an update on this, as the mother of a school-aged peanut-allergic child dependent on Epi-Pens who has to buy them for home as well as school. (Incidentally, we buy a lot of our drugs from Canadian pharmacies for this very reason.)
Austin Stromness (2 года назад)
This was me a few months ago, my Doctor recomended Asacol HD.... suffice it to say I couldn't afford it, and so we had to try something else.... I don't have the same thing as Hank but it's similar.......
john doe (2 года назад)
was this before the aca? its so old lol
A cat with bread on its head (2 года назад)
I've been prescribed this medication yesterday, remembered this video and now I'm thanking whatever deity is up there that I live in the UK and my prescription will be like £8.
nth7273 (2 года назад)
The problem is with government regulation. Without FDA approval drug production would be faster and cheaper. Without patents competition would lower the cost.
Bob Bobskin (2 года назад)
what a load of rubbish. 1. The NHS pay approx £120 for the same drug same prescription for the same drug. They are just a bigger purchaser and thus can negotiate a better price.
nth7273 (2 года назад)
What's your point? btw they do regulate them: http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/
Tevo77777 (2 года назад)
You do understand that vitamins are not regulated and have been found to not contain anything but filler in them?
dorgesh (2 года назад)
I just read up on the disease and it sounds like it fucking sucks. Like, really bad.
acoop21330694 (2 года назад)
I attempted to send the email- lol they deleted the account
SomeSpicyCheese (2 года назад)
MRW This happened again sort of with Epipen 5 years later... ಠ_ಠ
Fair Play (2 года назад)
Wow. Yknow, Keemstar was crucified for telling his audience to swarm on someone. Incredible how much the internet has changed.
Redneck Elitist (2 года назад)
Called it. People screaming in the comments for more government power.
Adelyn Seit (2 года назад)
Here's an easy-ass solution: Move to Australia. Pretty sure you can get medicare and better health insurance stuff.
Cherry Biscottitouille (2 года назад)
Hey why is there a bunny in the description
Reuben Staley (2 года назад)
No you don't.
Cherry Biscottitouille (2 года назад)
+ryan50ryan yes
ryan50ryan (2 года назад)
Do you really need a reason?
Cruz Nunez (2 года назад)
Capitalism at its finest. Hey, pay me or you die!
Asher Vijay Yampolsky (2 года назад)
:(
AllonsyRapunzel (2 года назад)
This is why the NHS is a great system to have
Imagination Lord (9 месяцев назад)
bigglessy the point is the cost isn't passed on to those who need it.
bigglessy (2 года назад)
Just because someone can make something in their garage, does not mean they can produce it reliably enough and in the precise quantities needed to provide effective medication. The prices in the USA are inflated because their healthcare system has incentives for making everything more expensive than necessary. Has the government played a part in that? Absolutely. But they are not the only part, and if the government were not involved I do not believe the situation would be noticeably different, because the same profit incentives would be there. The reason illegal drugs like Meth can be cheaper than their prescription counterparts is twofold. Firstly, no meth lab needs to do research into how to make meth more effective. They just copy the formulas that are already well known, so they have no R&D costs. Secondly, they care very little for quality. If one batch is 15% stronger than the last one, that doesn't matter to them. If a lab produced drug is 15% stronger than usual, that is cause for a major investigation into the standards of the manufacturing process. Medications have to be finely tuned to make sure people do not overdose or underdose. That is not a concern for illegal narcotics manufacturers. That level of standards in a pharmaceutical lab is orders of magnitude above any illegal operation would be. The price of aspirin never rises 1200% because the formula is common and no longer under patent, so raising your prices simply means you lose all your customers.
bigglessy (2 года назад)
bahahahahhahahahaha. You really believe that companies would never charge absurd rates for drugs if the Government never got involved? BAHAHAHHAHAHAHA. You put way too much faith in people who only care about two things. Making money, and making more money.
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Joe Snusbag (2 года назад)
5 years later...... I just emailed the guy
Stephanie B (2 года назад)
i can empathize slightly, my dog is a very anxious dog, in order to get her outside to pee without the world seeming too scary, she gets medications. with out warning (and i work at the vet hospital who dispenses the medication) my dog's prescription went from $50 to $100. the reasoning, the price went up and the hospital realized it was undercharging. the doctors were not made aware.
OolTube02 (2 года назад)
If you moved to Canada, would you still have to deal with this kind of shit?
Michelle Theriault (2 года назад)
I've never heard of Asacol or Apriso. I was diagnosed with UC in 2013. I've been on Pentasa and Azathioprine ever since. I take Pentasa 2 tablets 4 times a day and Azathioprine 3 tablets in the morning. I don't like the Azathioprine because one of the side effects is loss of hair :/ But have you or have you ever heard of these drugs Hank?
Picturetaker (2 года назад)
You should also try taking l-glutamine, you can get it at a health food store. I take 5 grams two times a day and helps heal the gut. When I first tried it, I had two or three parts of my intestine where you can feel the food back up due to narrowing, within a day or two I could already see a great difference as food had no trouble going through those spots.
Peter Johnson (2 года назад)
Shkreli'd.
mccoy ‘interior designer’ tiner (2 года назад)
That's so Warner chilcoting dumb that they raised the price 1200%
Green Brain Seaside (2 года назад)
I wonder how did this story go?
jared garden (2 года назад)
Thats just pure evil. mesalazine which is the acive ingredient in his medication can be very easily synthesized from salicylic acid by nitration using nitric acid followed by reduction using either sodium dithionite or iron chloride or tin and HCL. and considering salicylic acid is like $20 a pound on ebay this stuff would be hella cheap to produce, so hella easy that you could litterally do it at home with a 2 neck RB flask a condenser an addition funnel some filtering equipment (filter paper and buchner funnel or siltered filter funnel) and an Erlenmeyer flask and some beakers and a measuring cylinder and a magnetic stirrer. C7H6O3 + H2SO4, HNO3 -----> C7H5NO5 + Na2S2O4 ------> C7H7NO3/ Mesalazine there are literally no complications with this because of where the hydroxy and carboxylic acid groups are located so it can only nitrate at the meta position for the carboxylic acid or the para position for the hydroxy, the yeilds for each of these reactions would be very close to 100%. This is almost as bad as the shit that went down not too long ago with the HIV medication spike which the active compound was pyramethamine which is again reasonably easy to synthesize. Although this happened before the HIV meds thing but still.
Kavias (2 года назад)
Crack open a history book sometime. Or just look at the totally unregulated herbal supplements industry, in which 30% of herbal supplements contain ABSOLUTELY NONE of the substances advertised on the label. If you want to live in a world where you have poker-like odds of actually receiving your life-saving medicine every time you take a pill... there's nothing left to say. I'm truly grateful you don't get to set policy. Goodbye.
jared garden (2 года назад)
+Kavias I figured you would bring this up, if you actually take notice of what i said then you will notice at the bottom there i say "therefore TO AN EXTENT they have the right to self medicate". I again am not saying we should recede to the good ol days i am saying that if you have the equipment knowledge and its not illegal then you can by all means make and ingest your own substances or even give then to another person this is for a lot of chemicals not illegal. Mesalazine can be synthesized an ingested legally and safely by virtually anyone with the capacity to do so.
Kavias (2 года назад)
You do not actually have the right to ingest whatever substance you want, or to give anything you want to anyone you please. This is the real world, where people actually die when you deregulate medicine. If you want to go back to the good ol' days of snake oil and lead tinctures, too bad. It's a terrible idea and it's good thing that you don't get to dictate policy.
penitent2401 (2 года назад)
Isn't the patents for medications supposed to have it's exclusivity expire after like 5 years? after this time other pharmaceutical companies are free to make active ingredients themselves paying the standard royalty fee and sell it for competitive prices. How is it possible for the patent holding company to simply change the name of the drug and have that exclusivity renewed?
Deanna (2 года назад)
it's not EXACTLY the same. it's effectively the same. and it's total bullshit that they can do this. they do it a lot.
Madee Hornsey (2 года назад)
Because 'MURICA. Or something.
Kristoffer T. Støkkan (2 года назад)
No wonder the US ranks abnormally low on the heath care rankings compared to the infrastructure the US has at it's disposal. Way lower than both Greece and Iceland. Not that they have terrible health care systems, as they have some of the best in the world, but economy wise they are way worse off. The US ranks the lowest on the list of health care systems in what we consider the developed world, and according to Bloomberg in 2014 it ranked only two places above Iran in terms of efficiency (44 and 46 respectively). Why is that? Why is it that a doctor should be payed according to how many patient he or she treats? Wouldn't a fixed salary based on how many patients you have under your care be better both for you and the patients? This way a doctor gets paid even if there are no patients to treat, which in my eyes would be the pinnacle of health care. This way you want your patients to stay healthy, as it would be a sign that you're actually doing the job you were educated to do, no?
T1GlistenerElf (2 года назад)
Murika...
Adelyn Seit (2 года назад)
FK YEEEAAH >:(
Filippo Spano (2 года назад)
this is why we need bernie for president! #BernieOrBust
Allison Steele (9 месяцев назад)
The US had the “war on drugs”, so why can’t we have a “war on big pharma”
Rachel Porter (1 год назад)
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dudds6699 (1 год назад)
Aaron Z i think we can all chart the sadness over time in this thread
Aaron Z (2 года назад)
RIP Bernie, praise Madame President
Tevo77777 (2 года назад)
Jil needs to get her things together.
Green Brain Seaside (2 года назад)
So this is how Shkreli got his idea
Tevo77777 (2 года назад)
It expires in April, this video was made in January.
Lou * (2 года назад)
He's such a piece of shit.
Kavias (2 года назад)
No. The price of the medication didn't go up. Hank's discount card expired. This video is a four-minute rant about how Hank failed to notice the expiration date on his medication discount card and failed to ask his doctor for another one.
Francis Lai (2 года назад)
**** Roger Boissonneault and his fancy last name.
thmsdngsn (2 года назад)
Wow! But a somewhat routine story. Spilling seed on infertile soil.
RomeosChannel2105 (2 года назад)
In the Netherlands you would pay exactly 0,00 euro.
Oscar McCormack (10 месяцев назад)
vandalman8 Why *wouldn't* you want to live in the Netherlands?
vandalman8 (2 года назад)
Yeah, but then I'd have to live in the Netherlands.
I0H0II0H0I (2 года назад)
+RomeosChannel2105 you mean: everyone pays for it. With some of those new cancer medications (100 000 / a year) I think we kinda should start complaining as well ... Big pharma = big profit.
Maple Syrup (2 года назад)
Who are the accordionists in the poster?
casskim (2 года назад)
This makes me even more happy that I live in Sweden, I have a chronic disease but in my country I never have to pay more than 129,67 dollars for doctors appointments and 259,33 dollars for medication A YEAR! And before you reach the limit in medication costs you get a 25%, 50% and 75% discount the closer you get to the limit.
León Hernández (2 года назад)
Bummer
Ieuan Hunt (2 года назад)
I've got a solution for you Hank. Move to the UK and get your medication via the NHS problem solved. Or you could just shoot all the Republicans in the US so that your country can have a sane healthcare system. Either one
Giffy_Mcgee (2 года назад)
Republicans in the US hate this too, it inflates healthcare prices.
Dan Mor (2 года назад)
I like the second one with the shooting. 🔫
Francis Lai (2 года назад)
+Ieuan Hunt I know a guy who knows a guy who knows a mexican drug lord executor guy for cheap.
JoyStickFanatic (2 года назад)
+Ieuan Hunt or not advocate murder. We're working on our problems but advocating murder of political dissidents is a horrible and disgracefully position to hold.
TeeVee (2 года назад)
What ended up happening?? Did we force them to change the price??
eighty bears (2 года назад)
Hank, firstly thank you for all your videos. I greatly enjoy and appreciate them. I also have U.C and I am in Michigan where medical Marijuana is legal. I juice the leaves and drink 1 oz of the juice daily. no high, just medicine. my symptoms are not completely gone but the pain stops and inflammation is kept under raps for the most part. bleeding is once every other week when I juice. If I don't juice I get flair ups daily. If you would like more information feel free to ask. again thank you for your videos I really enjoy them.
Barbara (2 года назад)
suddenly paying roughly 30€ a month for my prescription stuff doesn't seem that bad anymore
Sunshine (2 года назад)
Okay, this is super late, but this is still something that makes me angry. Last year I had three trips to the ER in the span of a month, and a six day hospital stay. I was released from the hospital, told that I needed to take a special kind of antibiotic, and follow up with a specialist. Couldn't afford the antibiotics and the state of my insurance is a mess (I'm apparently insured but I've not received my benefit card. Ugh.) and so I followed up with my specialist, and she told me I needed surgery. I can't have surgery because of insurance things. So it's now basically a waiting game to see when I'll be in pain again and have to go back to the emergency room. Fuck health care in this country.
Francis Lai (2 года назад)
+Courtney D. Atkinson I'm very sorry for the state of the US health industry, but if you're envying US system, after you go to ER in canada you pay thousand dollars and then the government becomes debt collector, so I'm just saying, learn swedish and move to sweden!
zoranhacker (2 года назад)
Link to the message for us peasent mobile users?
arttu kirjavainen (2 года назад)
Maybe goverment should start regulating the pharmacy industry?
Magnus Peacock (1 месяц назад)
Maybe?
nth7273 (2 года назад)
you didn't disagree with me. you did disagree with the original comment though.
Llamamall (2 года назад)
+nth7273 Umm, no. The pharmaceutical industry can get away with false advertising about both ingredients and effects of their product and bribing doctors to get their medicine prescribed. It is one of, if not the, least regulated industries in the country.
nth7273 (2 года назад)
it does heavily, so you must mean stop regulating it. If there were no patents there would be competition and it would sell for 5 bucks. Also FDA approval costs companies millions and takes years driving up the cost to produce.
Llamamall (2 года назад)
NO BECAUSE THAT'S BIG GOVERNMENT AND AYN RAND AND SOMETHING SOMETHING COMMUNISM
Yungkebab (2 года назад)
Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis: Diarrhea, often with blood or pus Abdominal pain and cramping Rectal pain Rectal bleeding — passing small amount of blood with stool Urgency to defecate Inability to defecate despite urgency Weight loss Fatigue Fever In children, failure to grow Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ulcerative-colitis/basics/symptoms/con-20043763
Sean Webb (2 года назад)
holy crap. This is an old video, but man your country is a mess.
Beka Stecky (2 года назад)
Hank, what is your system for organizing your bookshelf? Looks great.
Willow Evers (2 года назад)
YOUR BOOKSHELF IS BEAUTIFUL
MrCoulurfull (2 года назад)
Sweden has not only subsidized health care, we also have protection for the high costs of medical care, medicines and medical transports. I do not need to pay more than 130$ per year for health care, a maximum of 260$ for medicines and 190$ for medical transports. Yes, we have ridiculously high taxes (almost 60%), but the benefits are so many that I gladly pay my share.
joories (2 года назад)
+TheMisterCeapa since the arrival of the refugees there hasn't been an update on that number. I don't deny that refugees have increased the incidence, but not to the rate you insinuate. My original comment addressed your remark that Sweden has the third highest rape rate. Which, as I pointed out, is caused by the definition of rape and not by the absolute rape numbers.
joories (2 года назад)
+TheMisterCeapa It really depends on how you define rape. For instance, Canada has the highest rate of obduction, which is nonsense of course.
Joel Doetsch (2 года назад)
+TheMisterCeapa It would appear that even you were presented with evidence of why democratic socialism does not equal marxism or communism, you would not accept it. I love capitalism. It breeds competition and allows us to create things much greater than ourselves. Almost every technological advance you can think of has its roots in capitalism. However, unchecked capitalism is a problem. If capitalism is left unregulated, it starts making morally wrong and often inhumane decisions to support its bottom line. Also, this idea that poor people are poor because they make bad decisions is really an awful concept. Poorer communities have worse schools. Worse schools leads to worse education, which leads to less economic opportunities. There are two people running a race, but one person is running on a nicely paved track and gets a 200 meter head start and the other is running on gravel with no shoes. It's not just education that holds people back, either. On job hiring: In 2004 there was a study done where thousands of resumes were sent out to various companies. These resumes were identical except for the name. Resumes that had typically white sounding names (Like Susan or John) got more callbacks than resumes that had typically black sounding names (Jamal, Lakisha). Another example (from the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell) "The world of classical music – particularly in its European home – was until very recently the preserve of white men…But over the past few decades, the classical music world has undergone a revolution…Many musicians thought that conductors were abusing their power and playing favorites. They wanted the audition process to be formalized…Musicians were identified not by name but by number. Screens were erected between the committee and the auditioner, and if the person auditioning cleared his or her throat or made any kind of identifiable sound…they were ushered out and given a new number. And as these new rules were put in place around the country, an extraordinary thing happened: orchestras began to hire women." Ignoring social issues does not make them go away, and assuming people in bad positions are there purely because of the decisions they made is just as naive as saying that people have no responsibility if they don't do well. As usual, the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Joel Doetsch (2 года назад)
+TheMisterCeapa Wow...that was such a helpful and constructive comment that will surely allow us to debate thoughtfully about this complex and nuanced topic. Oh...wait. Nope. It was just a hateful, simplistic, biased, and divisive attack on another human being. Obvious troll is obvious.
mcsmaria28 (2 года назад)
Yes! Go Hank! I take Vyvanse for ADHD. If I don't have good enough insurance, that shit costs me $200 + a month. I know it's not as expensive as hour medication, but yeah. It's a pain in my ass. Seriously, fuck you drug companies and insurance companies .
Chris Pie All (2 года назад)
I don't know what I would do if the price of my meds increased like this, I heard you can get money for stuff like that if you can't afford it and you're poor. I'm not sure what constituites poor for them but I assume everyone living below the poverty line would count.
AbsolX Guardian (2 года назад)
wow. i fell so sorry for you. cant you go to the genic version. the "new" medicene is trick. all medicenes have dead elementals. this lets the company release a "new medicene. usealy any extra benafites are purely placebo based. sorry for the bad spelling/grammar im using a tablet
Oboe Files (2 года назад)
who looking at the old videos is pretty interesting, how did this story develop over 4 years? any improvements/alternatives? I have MS and am on a new medication for it and hate that this kind of situation can exist
delightfullydead (3 года назад)
Ugh I can relate so much. The medication I've been taking for a decade has also increased in price since there's been a shortage. My mail-in order pharmacy recently told me that they could not refill my medication for a month. That isn't an option for me. My medication prevents things like excruciating pain, debilitating fatigue, and organ failure. I had my doctor send the prescription to a local pharmacy, went to pick it up, and was told that it would be ~$400 for only 30 pills. My insurance was refusing to cover it if I didn't get it through the mail-in order pharmacy. So I called my insurance company and told them "You have a choice. You can cover 30 pills, or you can cover a hospital visit and 30 pills." Although it took all day, I was able to purchase my medication that night for $15.
Cambria Weeden (3 года назад)
This is absolute garbage. Some people NEED medication to live, or they will be in terrible pain all the time, or even die. This is totally unacceptable and I completely agree with Hank
Tom K (3 года назад)
Intellectual Property. *That's* the issue
Sam Mason (3 года назад)
I live in Canada and I still pay for my medicatoons
Louise Heiwood (3 года назад)
I've been extremely sick for almost 2 years with an undiagnosed digestive disorder that has made my life a living nightmare. Every test is negative and every treatment a failure, all the while I can't eat without pain, my diet is extraordinarily restricted and I spend more time with doctors than my own parents and whenever I want to try a new food, I have to have my fiance drive my out to the hospital just in case it goes wrong. Having digestive disorders is a terrible curse really, I'm sorry you have to live with it.
* * (9 месяцев назад)
Louise Heiwood I’m in your boat, exactly. I’ve had just about every test possible and they’ve all come back negative. At this point I’d take just about any diagnosis over this sick game of pain, doctor visits, tests and no answers. I just want my life back.
Kapowski (2 года назад)
Doubt you'll get this since its been almost a year but there can be other food types not on the gastro tests or even allergy tests that trash your system. For me if I eat anything with Yellow #5, Yellow #6 or Red 40 I end up with what I assume a laxative overdose to be. Heck, if I drink enough Kool Aid or any red colored drinks my toilet will be red. Fruity Pebbles...my long lost lover.
Tom Ato (2 года назад)
Wow, im so sorry. i actually have a similar case of untreatable GERD that was worsened by a nissen procedure and now my stomach has gone to sh!t. I cant eat any foods easily, Im in pain most of the day, ridiculous costs of tests and drugs that have no effect and are done repeatedly to skyrocket costs, and stumped doctors who couldnt care less about your health. Healthcare in this country is hell.
penitent2401 (2 года назад)
+Louise Heiwood here's an idea that might work, take a holiday to Australia with travel insurance, check into a hospital (pick a nice one, they're all open to public access anyway), they'll run through the complete tests and diagnosis all borne on your travel insurance.
rollerpig (2 года назад)
+Louise Heiwood try a rice diet
Rickity Rick (3 года назад)
Any ideas on how to fight this?
Marit Kragt (3 года назад)
Hi Hank, I hope you are well. This recent article in the New York Times titled "Drug goes from $13.50 a Tablet to $750, overnight" (20 September 2015) reminded me of your video. Can nerdfighteria help?
Rusty Shackelford (1 месяц назад)
Fight for universal health care.
Jasmine Jack (3 года назад)
This actually makes me grateful that my prescriptions are only £8.20 ...
Zelda R (3 года назад)
god bless the nhs
Eltonic (3 года назад)
my Mesalamine costs about $40 in australia because of the pbs i am so lucky is it still this bad in america
Otto Niven (3 года назад)
LittleKuriboh and Hank are brothers in broken colons
D Bec (3 года назад)
indian  and Chinese companies copy the patents of western drug companies and make the drugs available to the end user for in most cases less than 2% of the cost in the west, now some smart arse will justify the cost in the west by saying the western drug companies invest billions in research falling to point out that most of them are registered offshore and don't pay ant tax, but hey capitalism rocks huh.
neweyes777 (3 года назад)
MY TESTIMONY OF HOW I WAS HEALED OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS,    The New Drug [ Liodal ], spelling wrong, that I was taking for Ulcerative Colitis was 600 + Dollars per month. I had been bleeding, having pain and diarrhea up to 18 X per day for 2 years! One day I was sent to the E.R. with a 105 ' Temp. and Seizures! I was put in the Hospital b/c My Body had starting shutting itself down. I had to be rehydrated, given Saline and piggy backed Potassium, and Antibiotics for 6 days, but it still didn't heal me! I came home with the same Symptoms that were just not as severe. I was healed OVERNIGHT a few days after coming home by pleading with God to heal me! The day after praying had NO Symptoms present for a full year when My Colon Specialist called me after I refused to take anymore X Rays and wasn't buying My Meds, He needed to see if this healing took place by allowing Him to do a Colonoscopy b/c He said He'd been a Specialist for over 25 yrs., and NEVER, EVER saw an individual recover COMPLETELY from this Disease. After the Test I waited for him to give me the Results, He came in, sat down with a strange look on His Face and said, " You are healed, the Disease has disappeared! " He said that I was the 1st and maybe the last Pt. he'll see until retirement to be healed of this Condition. If you are suffering from this Horrid Condition repent, get saved and pray in faith for God to heal you, and if you are sincere He will heal you too. God bless all.
Philip Fortuna (3 года назад)
Two words.... Bernie Sanders
Wyatt Bakke (1 год назад)
what a let down
moth_ boii (2 года назад)
+Philip Fortuna Bernie 2016!!!!
Philip Fortuna (2 года назад)
+Illustrious Potentate as far as healthcare, I've been forming and building upon my position for... meh, over a decade now. Basically, it boils down to the question, WHY is it so expensive? The answer is, that in America, it follows the same rules and conventions as the rest of the goods and services provided under out capitalist model. Now, I'm actually all for capitalism. it's not perfect, and certainly requires regulation, but I really believe that medicine is an industry that should be separate from the capitalist model. The reason is simple... take a candy bar. Now, granted it doesn't require 8+ years of college to make and sell these things, but if you want one it's a buck or two. It's hard to argue that's not reasonable. What about having your carpets cleaned? $100 - 200 or so for the whole house. again, reasonable. Lawyers, Engineering services... pretty pricey, but you're getting into territory where a high degree of expertise, thorough accuracy, and education are required. Now, to the point: What if a candy bar was $500? How many would be sold? What would Hershey's proffits look like? Capitalism is based on the principal that people will pay what a good or service is worth to them. The problem with medicine being under the umbrella of capitalism is so obvious, Ray Charles could see it. Ask yourself... what is your health... your life worth to you? What about that of your children? There's certainly room for the monetary exchange for a a priceless item such as the Mona Lisa or an original Star Wars prop in sensible economics. But healthcare IS universal. not everyone needs or even wants a multi-million dollar painting or famous trinket, but there isn't o e person living that hasn't or won't require medical care, and will certainly beg, borrow, or steal to pay for it. just think of the countless memes asking, "would you do 'x' if your life depended on it?" A 3 day stay in intensive care is in the neighborhood of $6,000. A week, which isn't uncommon, $21,000. hospitals, specialists, private practice, and yes, pharmaceutical companies charge what they think you'll be able to come up with, and that's WITH INSURANCE. Do you think insurance companies take a loss? He'll no they don't. Where does that "extra" money come from that fills their coffers? From us! So, of course a single payer system will require higher taxes. BUT... and we're talking a Kardashian sized but here, if you do the simple arithmetic to figure the difference between paying $15, 20, maybe even 30 thousand at the end of the year for premiums, copays, and out of pocket fees (not to mention interest because who can honestly just come up with 5 grand for an ER visit for a dislocated knee - happened to the wife a few years ago, and that was out of pocket, after insurance), and paying $3-5 thousand a year in taxes... well, you don't have to be a mathematician to see that the savings are significant. Of course there's fierce opposition. We - the middle class - would save the billions, in our own pockets, that the insurance companies currently make for themselves. I'm certainly down with that.
Christopher Caldwell (2 года назад)
+Illustrious Potentate That still doesn't justify the comment. You said that Sanders plan won't work because of the incumbent Congress. Skimming your comment would make some people believe you were anti-universal healthcare, or a lasseiz faire capitalist. The comment was addressing your negativity, and you just assumed he knew nothing about the government.
Christopher Caldwell (2 года назад)
+Illustrious Potentate Amazing assumptions, Mr. Profile Bear. Amazing how you can tell someone's understanding of the government by a comment that has about 5 words. Amazing how you go into the comment section of the Greens, who promote knowledge and discussion, and outright mock people. Congratulations sir. You have been labeled a troll.
Gabrielle Norton (3 года назад)
this is so chillcoting infuriating!
Jackson Kennedy (3 года назад)
In Australia, almost all prescriptions are $6 each regardless of anything...
Ramona Rinne (3 года назад)
OMG I hear you. My meds all together cost $500 a month. It's insane, how can anyone afford that? I'm too sick to work and don't have any help from family etc. Right now I'm using left over student loans to pay for them but I have no idea what I'm going to do once that runs out. Life is tough if you have a chronic illness.
joories (2 года назад)
+Ramona Rinne Move to Europe
Edith Esquivel (3 года назад)
I have colitis too, and I control it with neem bark. Not leaves, not root, bark. It is Indian ancient medicine and it works better than any other prescription. My chronic pain disappeared in tree days.Try it! No side effects!
Tomás Allende (3 года назад)
+Edith Esquivel ahhhh, i assumed you were buying a powedered form. I'm a biochemist and in my experience 'natural' health products can be very dangerous, natural sleeping pills with etizolam, natural weight loss pills with tons of sibutramine, you get my point. But if you grow it yourself then the risk is gone, so, yay :p
Edith Esquivel (3 года назад)
+Tomás Allende Thank you! I just take it when pain comes back, not very often. There's wonderful weather where I live, so the tree grows happily in my backyard.
Tomás Allende (3 года назад)
+Edith Esquivel No short-term side effects, but you gotta be careful with that stuff, it can cause neurological and eye damage, as well as kidney and liver damage if used in excess. Also, since it's not controled by the FDA, it can contain heavy metals so, if you insist on using it, get it from a reputable source. Ayurveda has a bad rep when it comes to impurities.
Markus (3 года назад)
That's Capitalism for you. Hurray, right?
Luthien (3 года назад)
I am suddenly extremely grateful the most common medication for endometriosis is a generic.
Eric Awesome (3 года назад)
Oh that disease suck's... The symptoms alone might be why there isn't a lot of awareness for it.

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