The Boy has been sick. He had a cold, and, predictably, that has evolved into a double ear infection. Of course, any trip to the doctor is yet another reminder of why I intensely dislike our most-expensive, 37th-best-in-the-world, health care system. I saw a pharma sales rep in the doctor's office (there was one the last time I was in). Then I went and paid for my prescriptions.
I've known for a long time pharmaceutical companies spend more money on advertising than on research and development. From insurance companies to big pharma, I think that one of the reasons health care here is so expensive is because it's big business. And because it's business, these companies are more concerned with getting the biggest profits possible, and that means it will always be expensive, and the health of the populace is only of tertiary concern — behind the pocketbooks of shareholders and CEOs.
Prevention isn't important in our health care system; the company bottom line shrinks when people aren't sick.
Here is an infographic that illustrates pharmaceutical sources of income, from Bits and Pieces: