kilativ (kilativ) wrote,

Цена капитализма.

Социалистам приписывают жертвы политики социалистов, к примеру, коллективизации. Но я не слышал ни разу подсчетов СКОЛЬКО людей погибло из зв политики капиталиство (бизнес, ничего личного). Подозреваю, 50 миллионов Сталина покажутся статистической погрешностью даже в маразме своего преувеличения. Читайте, это не "путинская пропаганда", это пишут его враги на ББС

This is the list of what Laura Marston has sacrificed to keep herself alive: Her car, her furniture, her apartment, her retirement fund, her dog.
At 36 years old, she has already sold all of her possessions twice to afford the insulin her body needs every day.
Insulin is not like other drugs. It's a natural hormone that controls our blood sugar levels - too high causes vision loss, confusion, nausea, and eventually, organ failure; too low leads to heart irregularities, mood swings, seizures, loss of consciousness.
For most of us, our bodies produce insulin naturally. But for Type 1 (T1) diabetics like Ms Marston, insulin comes in clear glass vials, handed over the pharmacy counter each month - if they can afford it.
One vial of the insulin Ms Marston uses now costs $275 (£210) without health insurance.
In 1923, the discoverers of insulin sold its patent for $1, hoping the low price would keep the essential treatment available to everyone who needed it.
Now, retail prices in the US are around the $300 range for all insulins from the three major brands that control the market.
Even accounting for inflation, that's a price increase of over 1,000%.
Stories of Americans rationing insulin - and dying for it - have been making national headlines.
The most famous case, perhaps, was 26-year-old Alec Smith, who died in 2017 less than a month after he aged out of his mother's health insurance plan. Despite working full-time making more than minimum wage, he could not afford to buy new insurance or pay the $1,000 a month for insulin without it.
Ms Marston knows the feeling - like most of the diabetics I spoke to, she has experienced frightening lapses in coverage through no fault of her own.
A few years ago, when the small law firm Ms Marston worked for abruptly closed, she found herself without an income and suddenly uninsured.
"I was spending $2,880 a month just to keep myself alive - that was more than I was making even working 50 hours a week," says Ms Marston.
She was forced to leave her home in Richmond, Virginia, to find a new job in Washington DC to ensure she could pay for insulin.
"I sold everything, including my car, and had to give up my dog - he was eight and I had to give him away - and move to DC."
There are any number of reasons why someone might still be uninsured in America - if they don't qualify for employer-sponsored insurance or lose their job like Ms Marston had, for example, or if they cannot afford to pay for a plan on their own.
Ms Marston was diagnosed with T1 diabetes when she was 14. She laughs when recalling how the price of insulin in 1996 - $25 for one vial - was a shock to her.
Two decades later, Ms Marston still uses the same formula of insulin - Eli Lilly's Humalog. Even the packaging is the same.
"Nothing about it has changed, except the price has gone up from $21 a vial to $275 a vial."

Если коротко (для Сапера) - в Америке есть случаи, когда люди умирали от невозможности купить жизненнонеобходимый инсулин и им дали спокойно помереть ибо "бизнес и ничего личного". За 20 лет рыночная (!) цена инсулина выросла с 25 долларов до 300, то есть в 10 раз при инфляции всего раза в два. При этом 10 лет назад при более примитивной и более дорогой технологии его производство все равно окупалось.
Tags: Америка, жулики и воры, медицина
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