system and whether it would actually work in a country of more than 325 million people. One of the more immediate problems facing modern health care has been the skyrocketing cost of drugs in the American market. Some of those drugs, such as insulin, are so necessary for certain groups of people that they will literally die if they can’t have them. Yet, if a person is not covered by insurance or has a policy with a high deductible, these lifesaving drugs are often very expensive. Drug price inflation has sparked off another controver- sy, with one group of politicians and activists accusing the pharmaceutical companies of placing their profits over the lives and health of their customers. They demand that drug prices be regulated and controlled in the United States, as is the case in many other countries. Others maintain that the drug market’s own structure has caused these price

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Health Care in the Modern World

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