Beginning in 2012, a $1-per-person fee is going to be charged by the government to your healthcare provider for drug research. The fee goes up to $2-per-person in 2013 and then adjusts based on inflation from there on out.
This is a part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as "Obamacare", devised to ensure that prescription drugs work as advertised. It is a well-known fact that drug manufacturers currently pay for their own drug testing to get FDA approval. The FDA drug testing is also tested against a placebo; whereas this new testing will compare one drug against another to determine which is the most effective. Is it un-constitutional to charge every insured a fee for this testing? Should there be a limit set on how high the fee can go?
The new drug testing is commissioned by a government organization called "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute." PCORI is supposed to conduct independent research to find the most effective drugs for patients. However, there is concern that insurance companies will use this information to charge higher fees to the insured people who choose healthcare providers that do not prescribe the "approved" drugs based on PCORI reports.
Do you think it is worth it to pay a fee for "independent" drug research? And do you think it's truly independent?