InsuranceQuotes.com recently interviewed me about the medications Michael Jackson was taking:
When Michael Jackson died in June 2009, he practically had a medicine cabinet full of drugs in his system. On top of that, thousands of dollars worth of drugs were found in his house. His personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is standing trial for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, and a cornerstone of the criminal case is Jackson’s enormous appetite for prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
The King of Pop reportedly took several daily doses of various prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Feeding that kind of habit would be extraordinarily expensive for the typical American. In most cases, the drugs Jackson took would have been covered by health insurance, but only if there was a valid medical reason and the drugs were properly prescribed.
Michael Jackson’s buffet of drugs cost more than $7,000 a month, according to one expert. “Based on the medications found in his body, and figuring a conservative four times a day dosing, this smorgasbord of prescriptions could have cost as much as $7,000 a month,” says Dr. Moshe Lewis, a pain management specialist and professor at the University of California, San Francisco.
Based on Lewis’ estimate, the annual tab amounted to more than $80,000.
Of course, Jackson’s over-the-top drug use is far from the norm, and his pill bill was much higher than what regular folks would pay. The monthly cost if you took the regular dosages of each of Jackson’s drugs: an estimated $3,100.
Here’s a look at what just one dose of each of the medicines found at Jackson’s home would cost the average American, and whether the average health insurance plan would cover the expense, as long as the medicines are appropriately prescribed. The dollar figures take into account what a consumer would pay without insurance, or what a consumer and an insurer would pay in combination.