Is it true that in US medicine everything is as bad as they say - the population is exhausted by chronic pain, addicted to opiates and antidepressants, insurers are raising prices, etc.?

Is it true that in US medicine everything is as bad as they say - the population is exhausted by chronic pain, addicted to opiates and antidepressants, insurers are raising prices, etc.?

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Answer 1
June, 2021

Yes, the problem of opiates exists, in addition to "prescriptions" there is also a rather serious shadow market (including the same drugs that are available by prescription). The question of antidepressants (and Adderall) rather arises from a rather specific American attitude towards life (the concept of "type A personality", which is sometimes used as an expression of approval, arose as a medical term for a group at risk of heart disease) and is rather characteristic of the producers of mass culture (journalists and screenwriters / writers).

But, above all, the United States is a very heterogeneous country, along with depressed areas with opiates and unemployment (which results not only in the complexity of hospital bills, but also with the very receipt of insurance ) there are also ultra-modern clinics with high quality service and charitable initiatives. Therefore, you can draw both post-apocalyptic horrors and utopian grace. On average, health care in the United States is quite at the level of developed European countries, it does not stand out much either for the better or for the worse, but in total Americans pay much more. Healthcare is a very politically sensitive topic, exacerbated by the lobbying of "big pharmacology".

Answer 2
June, 2021

The quality of medicine in the states is very high. The population is not exhausted by anything, except for high prices for insurance. Opiates are generally nonsense, because any pain reliever is very difficult to get. The only drawback of the medical system in the United States is that it is commercial. That is, private insurance companies and private clinics.

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