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“That’s An 8500% Markup”: Doctor Goes Viral On Twitter After Sharing A Thread About How Retail Pharmacies Put A Ridiculous Markup On Medicine
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“That’s An 8500% Markup”: Doctor Goes Viral On Twitter After Sharing A Thread About How Retail Pharmacies Put A Ridiculous Markup On Medicine

We’ve all heard a thing or two about the American healthcare system. To put it simply—it’s probably not the best system in the world. People who get ill are sometimes left with huge debts, it costs hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars to call an ambulance, and they can even charge you for “skin to skin” contact when you give birth to your child. Talk about unfair!

When it comes to medicine, the situation seems even direr. Recently, Emily Porter, a doctor based in Austin, Texas, shared an infuriating Twitter thread about the cost of drugs and ridiculous markups on medicine. Scroll down below to read it!

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This doctor went on Twitter to share a thread about the ridiculous markups on medicine

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The thread shared by an Austin-based MD has caused quite a stir and received more than 56k likes and over 18k retweets. A lot of people on Twitter found the thread infuriating. “Why aren’t Americans smashing [things] up over this and demanding a better system?” someone tweeted below the now-viral thread. “The worst thing is that American healthcare ideology is bleeding over the pond. There needs to be some direct action ASAP.”

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“Retail pharmacies make an absolute killing”

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“How frustrating to be a patient and take in a prescription only to find out it isn’t affordable”

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“The patient is angry, the doctor is frustrated, and the pharmacist is busy”

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“So you’ll wait in the ER and we’ll avoid eye contact the 9 hours you’re there feeling like we’ve failed you”

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Here’s what other people said in a viral thread

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Hazel Waring
Community Member
1 year ago

The US: We're the best country in the world! Every other country with free healthcare and gun laws: NOPE

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

As a Canadian I can't get on board with the idea that guns are a human right and medical care is not.

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Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

It is almost. No win situation! As a former nurse, I remember paying for needed scripts for a couple of patients leaving he hospital! They couldn’t afford them, and without the antibiotics, they might have died. We had a wonderful discharge planner, and she worked to get them what they needed, but insurance companies, Medicare, and pharmaceutical companies make. Killing off their drugs, and in this money hungry process, actually kill people, because they can’t afford the drugs to save their lives... this could end by our government taking charge and making this be fo e, make the pharmacies compete for their drugs, to sell, by lowering the prices a whole bunch, and hospitals and doctors using the ones that have the best drugs at the lowest prices. No other country does this to their people. Only the USA, makes you feel unworthy and expendable , when you can’t afford your drugs to remain alive.. ie, insulin, epi pens... why do we allow them to play God?

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 year ago

The drug companies need to cover not just the cost of making a pill, but the sometimes decades of research that went into developing it - and to fund the research for the next great drug we all want. A lot of NZ drugs come from the US. Yet we don't pay a fortune for them as users. The problem is the US health systems - the insurance company scam and the irrational fear of 'socialism'. My mum is on chemo right now. Not paying a thing for it, nor for the 2 weeks she spent in hospital awaiting a diagnoses, or for the anti-nausea meds after chemo. Our taxes aren't crippling, yet we can provide all this for free. It's so do-able, but such a huge change for the US to make.

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Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

Why does the US feel like a massive reality competition show? "Survival of the Fittest"... physically or financially...!

runningonjava
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1 year ago

Cat Good response!

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Hazel Waring
Community Member
1 year ago

The US: We're the best country in the world! Every other country with free healthcare and gun laws: NOPE

Viviane
Community Member
1 year ago

As a Canadian I can't get on board with the idea that guns are a human right and medical care is not.

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Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 year ago

It is almost. No win situation! As a former nurse, I remember paying for needed scripts for a couple of patients leaving he hospital! They couldn’t afford them, and without the antibiotics, they might have died. We had a wonderful discharge planner, and she worked to get them what they needed, but insurance companies, Medicare, and pharmaceutical companies make. Killing off their drugs, and in this money hungry process, actually kill people, because they can’t afford the drugs to save their lives... this could end by our government taking charge and making this be fo e, make the pharmacies compete for their drugs, to sell, by lowering the prices a whole bunch, and hospitals and doctors using the ones that have the best drugs at the lowest prices. No other country does this to their people. Only the USA, makes you feel unworthy and expendable , when you can’t afford your drugs to remain alive.. ie, insulin, epi pens... why do we allow them to play God?

RaroaRaroa
Community Member
1 year ago

The drug companies need to cover not just the cost of making a pill, but the sometimes decades of research that went into developing it - and to fund the research for the next great drug we all want. A lot of NZ drugs come from the US. Yet we don't pay a fortune for them as users. The problem is the US health systems - the insurance company scam and the irrational fear of 'socialism'. My mum is on chemo right now. Not paying a thing for it, nor for the 2 weeks she spent in hospital awaiting a diagnoses, or for the anti-nausea meds after chemo. Our taxes aren't crippling, yet we can provide all this for free. It's so do-able, but such a huge change for the US to make.

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Cat
Community Member
1 year ago

Why does the US feel like a massive reality competition show? "Survival of the Fittest"... physically or financially...!

runningonjava
Community Member
1 year ago

Cat Good response!

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