Is your health worth a billion dollars?
I would like to think it is – given that your health fundamentally defines what you are able to do with your life, and whether it is one worth living.
I know this first hand as I reflect on my own changing welfare. Having lost over 65 pounds and defeating many diseases, I know that health is worth more than anything money can buy.
Unfortunately, in the modern world where corporations dot so much of the landscape, your health is not worth a billion dollars. Rather, an unhealthy you is far better for profits!
The pharmaceutical industry makes billions of dollars in profit every year. In 2013, it was reported that the top 11 pharma corporations made a combined total of $84 billion dollars in profit. These figures have only continued to grow into our current fiscal year. The gross earnings figure enters the trillion dollar range when you add other expenses, court costs, employee salaries, etc. and view total earnings as a whole.