'A 38-year-old second-grade teacher and mom in Texas died of the flu this week after she’d delayed picking up her prescription medication because couldn’t afford the $116 copay. By Friday night, Heather Holland's condition had worsened and she was taken to the hospital. She died Sunday morning.
This year's flu is among the deadliest in decades, killing approximately 4,000 Americans per week according to the CDC.
It seems like basic common sense that in our developed nation where medications and trained healthcare professionals are readily available, no one should be dying from the flu or any other illnesses just because they can’t afford to pay for basic medicine. But thanks to our disgraceful healthcare system, cases like Holland's are shamefully common in this country.
Millions of adults in the U.S. skip their medications due to the high price tags, according to a Harvard Health report, and pharmaceutical prices are jacked up about three times higher than in the rest of the world.
As various states roll out new Medicaid work requirements and lockouts, even more lives could be in danger due to lack of ability to afford healthcare.
Here are three examples in which the high price of drugs is literally killing people in the U.S.'
Read more: Flu Deaths Are the Latest Example of People Dying In America Simply Because They Can't Afford Medicine
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