The health care field has evolved into a facade for the business of selling drugs. The pharmaceutical industry spends more than $4 billion a year to market drugs to consumers in the United States and more than $16 billion to market them to U.S. physicians. Moreover, they have come up with some of the most effective and creative marketing schemes in history.
You probably didn't know that top U.S. drug makers spend 2.5 times as much on marketing and administration as they do on research, and at least a third of the drugs marketed by industry leaders were discovered by universities or small bio-tech companies.
YET drug companies justify their extremely high prices by saying they need this money to cover their high R&D costs: http://www.mercola.com/2006/jun/22/evil_marketing_geniuses.htm.