Just Say No

A snippet from The Pirate's Dilemma, a Kindle read I recently finished:
"The United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world where it is legal to advertise prescription drugs. The United States accounts for almost 50% of all monies spent on prescription drugs worldwide. But according to a 2006 report by the Journal of the American Medical Association, US residents are nearly twice as sickly as their English counterparts, despite the fact that the former spend almost twice as much on healthcare per person."

1 comment:

  1. Finally NZ has made the big time.

    Though this is probably one of the only things we have in common with the US of A especially since (in 1984) we banned Nuclear Ships from coming into our waters, kind of killed the coalition acronym known as ANZUS.

    Still - in a free market environment, why not allow medication to be advertised in order to make available to those with choice to make it and then allow Dr's to prescribe it in amounts enough to earn them a trip to a tropical island.

    Me cynical?