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Sep 25, 2017

Hard to see how Puerto Rico cost-shares for disaster relief. They were already out of money, and now their economy is shattered. https://t.co/JCE1VYIw11

Sep 25, 2017

@decklap It would require major political pain for an altruistic goal that can't be readily explained to voters. Govts tend not to do stuff like that

Sep 25, 2017

@decklap Conversely, if most of the other countries are free riding, and you're tiny, you're just spending a bunch of extra money for no benefit.

Sep 25, 2017

@decklap So there is enormous temptation to free ride and hope that other countries will improve their reimbursements, while you get the new drugs.

Sep 25, 2017

@decklap Most other countries are pretty small. If Norway ups its pharma budget, it by itself is not going to fund a lot of new drugs.

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