So, the responsibility of publically traded companies is to make money for their investors is a given, then this is not a conspiracy, it is the natural outcome of the system. We will build companies that work to build drugs and products that will be in demand so they can maximize profits.
Notwithstanding that they will be on a continuous improvement track to develop products we will want and purchase – better meters, smaller needles, etc.
There is another part of the system that increases the costs – insurance. We have become desensitized to the costs of things when we don’t have to pay the full price. Some of us never see the full price. Not saying we should abolish insurance, but the people who do have it demand whatever is available at whatever price… and do not demand pricing constraints from the suppliers – the normal dynamics of supply and demand are not having any affect on this industry (it’s an industry far more than a public service).
As more and more people live without insurance, there will be more and more demand for pricing that reflects the true cost of these materials and devices and services.
Not maybe a conspirace where people get together and plot the limitation of information and alternatives.
BUT, scientists and medical people tend to develop dogmatic ideas about any topic you can name – and they tend to resist new thinking. The new thinkers are legendary. Sometimes their breakthrough thinking is subverted and we never hear about it. Those that have prevailed have done so at great personal cost in many many cases. Copernacus comes to mind.
Fact is, we need each other in this type of forum to keep our eyes and ears open for those iconoclasts who just might have a fresh approach, who might deserve an audience and a chance to review their ideas.
Conspiracies might not be the danger. The real danger is that people are not willing to test their assumptions! Untested assumptions are the bane of all scientific inquiry – but they are the backbone of many institutions of higher learning – and many development labs in the healthcare industry. We do not know all of the people who have some piece of the puzzle for a cure that are being tried and tested by their supervisors, funders, and the medical community because they are going against the dogma about this disease, its causes, and potential solutions.
Luckily, sometimes, new thinking prevails and we get vaccines or solutions.
I’m involved with Rotary International. We have been working with the WHO, and local people to eradicate Polio for a long time. We are very close. Only a few areas in the world still have active virus. The only thing that is keeping us is that some regions believe that the vaccine is not going to help their children but will hurt them. Such regions will not let their children be vaccinated. Through patience and persistence and working with local leaders, we are slowly changing these mistaken perceptions. Such change is slow and exhausting.
My point? Misperceptions can cause people to reject a very logical and proven approach to a disease. We may be dealing with dogma and misperceptions in this difficult and pervasive disease that plagues you, me, and thousands of others. I’m not convinced that the pharmaceutical solution is correct for any type II treatment… I think they are on the wrong track for this.