In the New Directions in Health Care podcast entitled Why are U.S. Prescription Drug Prices So High? by the Commonwealth Fund (2017), hosted by Sandy Hausman, and available at The Commonwealth Funds website: http://www.commonwealthfund.org/interactives-and-data/multimedia/podcasts/new-directions-in-health-care/high-drug-prices, the Commonwealth Fund takes a look at the problems patients are having with rising prices in health care drugs. The Commonwealth Fund is well-suited to address this topic as it is, according to its mission description, a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for societys most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults (About Us, 2018). The Commonwealth Fund publishes numerous reports, studies, letters and articles about the state of health care in America today. Its political leanings have been rated slightly left of center as it seeks to avoid partisan politics and focus on how health care can better serve patients but also often publishes factual information that utilizes loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes)to favor liberal causes. These sources are generally trustworthy for information, but may require further investigation (Media Bias/Fact Check, 2018). The Commonwealth Fund is affiliated with the Harkness Fellowship, which it sponsors.
The podcast discusses the fact that health care costs are rising in a variety of waysfrom pharmaceuticals that are needed to keep people alive, to cost of coverage as premiums and deductibles increase so that insurance companies can meet…possible quality care to patients but should also want to take into consideration how to prescribe drugs that patients can afford. Getting the best price for the patient can help the patient save money and experience less stress with regards to worrying about how they are going to pay for their treatment. If patients have to worry about that, they may be reluctant to get a prescription filled because they do not want to have to cover the costs. Quality care is not just about what is provided in the doctors office but also about how well the patient can use the intervention that is prescribed. Health care providers should, therefore, be very concerned about the cost of prescription drugs and how they can help to bring…
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