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Like with all things in American healthcare, COVID-19 treatment is expensive. Recently, Gilead Sciences announced remdesivir, one of the few drugs found to be effective at treating COVID-19, will be priced at $3,120 per patient—that pricing "will make sure all patients around the world have access to this medicine." According to Bloomberg, consumer rights group Public Citizen estimates the drug could actually be produced for $1 per day of treatment through generic production.

Traditionally drug makers and health providers say the price is balanced between accessibility and paying for business costs that make the drugs and treatment available. However, critics argue that this healthcare system was already broken in normal times—the pandemic has shown that healthcare is ultimately a public health issue—it must be free and accessible for all. 

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If coronavirus treatment is too expensive for people, people will delay treatment until it's too late, which means they will be risking causing more infections and possibly dying. Making treatment and testing accessible means cases can be caught sooner—allowing for better treatment and isolation of cases from the general population, preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The fact that other countries have been able to get a handle on the pandemic while the United States has radically failed suggests that a change in strategy is necessary—one thing that has to be addressed is making healthcare more accessible. 

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Drugmakers say the price is not solely about the raw production costs—there are a large number of other things that have to be factored in. Creating and developing a drug is a complicated and expensive process—often one that has more failures than successes. While our current healthcare system is imperfect, they say it works. Radically disrupting things in a pandemic could cause unintended consequences. 

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