The $25 Aspirin at Your Local Hospital Is A Tough Pill to Swallow

The $25 Aspirin at Your Local Hospital Is A Tough Pill to Swallow

Why do we pay outrageous prices for common drugs?

This question is on everyone’s mind and has spurred a flurry of bills and proposals to tackle the issue. The problem is multi-pronged with questionable negotiations, obscure reimbursement schemes, and controversial rebate deals poisoning a supply chain that financially rewards some players at the expense of patients.

For additional information on challenges and potential solutions, check out the nonpartisan organization, National Academy for State Health Policy.


Video Spotlight: Here’s Why Drug Prices Are So High


This post is based on the Washington Post article, Why Prescription Drug Prices Have Skyrocketed – and Why the Government Needs to Take Action, by R. Feldman, November 26, 2018; and the YouTube video, Here’s Why Drug Prices Are So High, by CNN Business, April 24, 2018. Image source: Fancy/Veer/Corbis/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. According to the Washington Post article, what are some of the reasons for high drug prices?

Guidance: A few of the reasons include a system that favors more expensive drugs over cheaper ones; increased demand through Medicare prescription drug coverage; drug companies that artificially inflate discounts with higher prices; health plan structures that allow for some payments Continue reading

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Taxis To Take Flight in 2024

Taxis To Take Flight in 2024

October 23, 2018

Transcend Air’s flying taxi will make the 1960’s Jetsons’ aircraft a reality by 2024.

Passengers of the six-seater vertical takeoff and landing vehicle can skip the airport, skip the lines, and travel for about the same price as a conventional commercial flight.  With a design that is quieter than a helicopter and can fly three times as fast, the taxi’s 400mph flight from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take only 55 minutes.


Video Spotlight: Manhattan – Boston, $283, 36 mins, No Airports = No Congestion


This post is based on the Travel and Leisure article, Flying Taxi Company Wants to Get You From New York City to Boston in 36 Minutes, by Talia Aviakan, October 2, 2018; the Mass Live post, Flying taxi to travel from Boston to New York in 36 minutes, by Michelle Williams, September 26, 2018; and the YouTube video, Manhattan – Boston, $283, 36 mins, No Airports = No Congestion, by Peter Schmidt, September 19, 2018. Image source: Fanatic Studio/Alamy.

Discussion Questions:

1. How is this new type of air transport more sustainable than traditional aircraft like planes or helicopters?

Guidance: The flying taxi uses propellers Continue reading

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