KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) – As President Joe Biden says his hopes for the Build Back Better program are stalled, as are hopes to cap the price of certain drugs.
This is one of the provisions of the proposal. This is something that those who work in health care say there is a need for.
There are a lot of people in the Central Texas area who need help paying for drug costs, especially when it comes to things like insulin.
âWhen we saw the pandemic unfold, we were amazed at the number of patients, the number of people who really needed health services,â said Taneika Moultrie, executive director of the Greater Killeen Community Clinic.
Moultrie helps run a program that provides free prescriptions for uninsured patients.
Most of those who use the Prescription Assistance Program need to help pay for insulin.
âThe downside is if they don’t see it at a reduced cost, they can’t afford it, they won’t take it,â Moultrie said.
The clinic works with regional entities to secure the vials. The offer is healthy now, but it is not always the case.
âWe compare the cost with local pharmacies, Walmart, Walgreens, CVS,â Moultrie said. “And to look at that cost and say, it’s $ 250 or it’s $ 400 or it’s $ 600.”
This is why she hopes that the prices of the drugs will be capped, so that it can help those with whom she works.
But mixing economics and medicine becomes complicated.
“Our demand for more and more drugs with fewer side effects and better treatment results will always drive up prices in the future,” said Rob Tennant, assistant professor of accounting and interim president of accounting, finance and economics at Texas A&M University Central. Texas.
It’s an uncomfortable thought for those who need chronic care and can’t afford it.
âAnd I’m even saying anything that costs $ 14 or $ 15, it could be a 30-day supply,â Moultrie said. “But of course it’s about continuing care for them to make them better to get them back to all the care they need.”
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