Arguing the cost of meds for macular degeneration

On Health Report with Dr Norman Swan

Many Australians experience blindness and severe vision loss because of a condition called Age Related Macular Degeneration. Some of them are able to have the progress to blindness slowed or halted by eye injections of a medication to stop blood vessels proliferating—but the cost of it to taxpayers is growing. There is a safe, effective alternate medication at much less cost of the existing one, but it isn’t used. This wasteful situation has angered some eye surgeons, and they’re arguing for change.