I know everyone wants to cut back on everything, until we are forced into private health care but... If certain medicines cost the government a lot of money, why don't they just make their own? We all know Big Pharma makes Billions a year in profits (yes profits not expenditure) and of course the government pays their bills to them, but for things that are essential for life - eg Insulin, the patents should be broken or at least our government should be making a cheaper copy of it and issuing it themselves. Whatever happens, the government is billed Billions for medicine (http://www.diabetes.co.uk/cost-of-diabetes.html) If something costs so much - make it yourself - the government doesn't have to make a profit, just not as much loss. Many countries around the world have broken Patents because Big Pharma charges the government too much to help people with their medicines. At least these countries are looking out for their citizens.