Creating a nation of hypochondriacs?
Thursday, May 09, 2019
When I make the dumb decision to watch television I am overwhelmed by the panoply and plethora of adverts for drugs often for conditions I have never heard of or knew existed. As an aside we are one of only two countries in the world which allow the advertising of prescription drugs, New Zealand is the other. When I look at the production values of the advertisements which seem to rival those produced for the Super Bowl. I am struck by the thought as to how much they add to the cost of the drugs they are touting.
Some of maladies listed, for example gluten intolerance, affect 1% or less of the population but there is a “magic pill” for it that everyone needs to be aware of. In some cases the side effects cited are worse than the condition being “cured”.
When I was in Chiropractic College as students we seemed to find we were exhibiting the symptoms of the various maladies we presented in the pathology classes and lectures. Medical students seem to suffer from the same affliction.
This is not a rant to dissuade anyone from obtaining needed medical care but rather an observation of perhaps one of the factors driving the cost of prescription drugs into the realm of the stratosphere.
Comments are welcome