As healthcare gets more expensive Americans are found to be using their pet antibiotics.
Some people have decided to use pet antibiotics rather than going to the doctor and getting a prescription.
According to CBS,
The study ran in the recent edition of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Of the 400 demographically diverse adults surveyed, far too many people shared that they used antibiotics without a doctor’s supervision, according to the co-authors, who are doctors in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Of the randomly selected adults in Houston, 5% reported using antibiotics without a prescription in the past 12 months, 14.2% stored them at home in case of an emergency, and a whopping 25.4% said they intended to use antibiotics in an unprescribed manner at some time in the future.
Pet antibiotics were not a major source of “undocumented drugs,” but the answer was significant because it was not an option on the survey. Four percent of the respondents wrote it in. The people making the survey never expected that Americans were using pet antibiotics.
What’s going on here?
The most obvious answer is that government regulations raise the price. Dogs and cats are not yet in that system of rules (as much) when it comes to medical care. Thus, the market is permitted to work—which tends to find the lowest price possible.
Going to the doctor is a hassle. Thus, getting prescription drugs is a hassle. The CBS article also indicates that Americans “hoard” their prescription antibiotics more than in other countries. “Hoard” is the socialist word for saving stuff for when you will need it.
People don’t want their time robbed from them when they are dealing with an infection.
And it’s getting worse.
The Federalist recently published an article about how Obamacare makes it worse. Here’s the lead paragraph:
Frustration at the apparent waste of money in the U.S. health care industry by federal and state governments, insurance companies, and some commercial providers is nothing new. Increasingly, however, patients and doctors are growing frustrated by the industry’s waste of a more precious resource: time.
It looks likely that this trend will only get worse.