Pain

Because my TAC headaches have not been responding so well to my regular medication, my neurologist wants me to try something different for a while. I went to the pharmacy today to pick up my new prescription. It cost $100 after my insurance copay, for 6 doses. Six doses. I hope Glaxo Wellcome are happy with themselves for finding a way to make big bucks off of human pain and suffering.

And I know I’m hardly the only one who struggles to pay for prescription meds. I know older, retired people who have credit card debt because the only way they can pay for necessary medication is to charge it. Medicare apparently covers very little.

I hope Obama makes healthcare reform a very top priority when he becomes president. One of the reasons — the main reason actually — I’d been such a Hillary supporter is that I knew healthcare was her biggest issue. I trusted that she would work tirelessly for change, as she did when her husband was in office. I really hope we can expect the same from Obama.

4 Comments

  1. I know this is weird to type but there are prescription assistance programs…
    Also talk to your doctor to see if there’s a generic version… those are usually cheaper.

  2. Thanks Katrina. I checked and there’s no generic, but I didn’t know about the prescription assistance programs. I’ll check into those, especially for my older family members — those are the people I really worry about, because what can you do when you retire and you’re really on a limited income; and that’s probably when you’re going to need medications the most…

  3. Hi. Many years ago I danced with Merce Cunningham and had a glorious time. In 1990 when my son was born RA (rhematoid arthritis started to destroy my body, nonstop) In 1998 I was lucky enough to start injections of Enbrel to lessen the destruction and my pain. For over 10 years I have required a medication (among others) that costs $1400 a month at this point in time. Many parts of my life have been destroyed because of this cost – the only insurance I can get costs me $1000/ month. I too hope Obama can have an effect on controlling costs in healthcare.

  4. Hi. Many years ago I danced with Merce Cunningham and had a glorious time. In 1990 when my son was born RA (rhematoid arthritis started to destroy my body, nonstop) In 1998 I was lucky enough to start injections of Enbrel to lessen the destruction and my pain. For over 10 years I have required a medication (among others) that costs $1400 a month at this point in time. Many parts of my life have been destroyed because of this cost – the only insurance I can get costs me $1000/ month. I too hope Obama can have an effect on controlling costs in healthcare.

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