AAPI urges US Congress to cut Rx drug costs

July 16, 2018 0 By CH Unnikrishnan

American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) has urged the US Congress to pass the necessary legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs, a major issue of concern for patients in the United States.

The exorbitant cost of prescription drugs is a critical health care issue, as some life-saving drugs are too expensive for many patients, said a memorandum submitted by AAPI to the lawmakers.

“As physicians, we want to ensure that the medicines patients need are affordable and will be taken, to ensure a high quality of life, the reduction of chronic ailments, and effective treatment today to prevent increased health care costs in the future,” said AAPI, which is the representative body of Indian American physicians in the US.

AAPI also emphasized the need for immigration reform. Changes to H1 & J1 visa rules have created a backlog in the issue of green cards and visas to physicians as they are restricted to serve in rural and underserved areas.

The US is facing a chronic physician shortage, which will only be exacerbated in the years ahead as more baby boomers retire. AAPI said the Congress can act by passing legislation to add 15,000 more residency slots, which will help to train up to 45,000 more doctors in the next two decades