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Idaho Taxpayers Lose Out on $137 Million A Year

April 19, 2007


Idaho taxpayers are losing out on $137 million a year. It's not because they missed a deduction on their tax forms this week, but because the Senate is refusing to let the Medicare prescription drug program negotiate with drug companies for better prices, according to Idaho Health Care for All. Kuna family practice physician Dr. Mike Foutz says Congress is missing an opportunity to be more efficient for the benefit of taxpayers, and seniors who are being priced out of the program.

"The whole point of having a large organization, like the government, in health care is to reduce costs. And one of the big ways you can do that is through wholesale purchasing."

Those against allowing Medicare to negotiate say regular market competition will keep prices low. But Dr. Foutz notes the government does a good job in getting the best deal on medications for all other systems.

"This is the only program that the government runs that does not have bargaining power in purchasing medications."

The complete report on potential savings with Medicare medication price negotiation from the Institute for America's Future is at www.home.ourfuture.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - ID