Malaria is becoming an ever increasing concern. Where, decades ago, viruses like West Nile and Malaria were somewhat contained to Africa, today these diseases are becoming more and more widespread. This article talks about a new treatment for Malaria. Many Africans that are using older remedies to treat Malaria are finding that they are becoming resistant to the effects. A new remedy has come on the market that is less prone to resistance. It is a little too expensive, however, for the average African. A possible plan has been proposed to subsidize the cost to Africans. However, some people are against the plan. They feel that since there are so few suppliers the subsidy will end up going straight to profits.
I tend to side with those against the subsidy. Unless there is some way for the subsidy donors to demand that the suppliers charge a lower price for the treatment, there is no guarantee the treatment will get to Africans at a lower price. Especially where there are so few suppliers, the suppliers have, in essence, a monopoly on the market.