Irrationality of Capitalist Healthcare: Insurance Companies Refuse to Cover Less Addictive Pain Medications

In reaction to the increase in the use of opioids, the drug companies have produced pain medications which are less addictive but cost more to make. But the insurance companies who ‘care deeply’ about the patients, have refused to pay for it, forcing the opioid crisis to worsen.  If capitalism was a rational system this would be seen as a scientific breakthrough, and the state would have footed the bill for the extra cost to its citizens. But no, the state is nowhere to be found. The chaos of colliding capitalists institutions with no long term plan rules the day.
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About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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