Medications too costly for seniors
Not having any documents or knowledge as to what I am about to say, nor do I have any ways or means to substantiate my claims, there are indications that shows there is a possibility the pharmaceutical, the medical insurance companies, and probably our doctors, are really harming our senior citizens, because they aren’t and can’t afford to pay for those costly medications needed to keep them healthy and alive. I believe and truly feel this stems simply on money, money and more money.
The small income they, the senior people make, are not enough to cover their monthly expenses, like rents, foods, and whatevers, much less having to pay for those ungodly, expensive medications they must take, sometimes, even more than four, which would cost them sometimes over $400 at one sitting.
Because of situations like these, I see them pitifully declining and turning away at the pharmacy, sometimes hanging their heads and wondering some ways to try or find means to get and pay for those pills.
Sadly too, because they, the pharmacists, who do not have any control over the cost of those pills, are telling our seniors to check with their insurance companies for some explanations. Why must they, and what sort of explanations would and could the pharmacists say that would change the whole situations? And just how many of our seniors are plagued with paying those kinds of money? Plenty!
One, a lady who has a stage four cancer, must pay $10,000 for her pills. Her co-pay is $3,000. She was an RN, but living on her small retirement and Social Security, she decided to live a life without it. Another, has a pacemaker and needs to have blood thinner pills. But again, she must come up with $500. Where are they going to get the money to pay for those pills when their income is probably less than what the poverty level income people make? Shouldn’t they be helped in many ways?
Am I overreacting, crazy or dumb in voicing what I think is and probably happening now? You could be right, very right, and what’s my point? Help them by dropping the costs of medications so they could live longer and healthier.
It’s been talked about, argued, and voted on to help the old, but really, are they? Our congressional people should stop toying with our health bills, and instead of bickering with each other, they should come together for the people.
Canadians pay nothing, if any, a very small amount of money for medications, and yet, we pay a greater amount for them. Why can’t our government get together with the Canadians, adopt, or at least find out what makes their plan so great and why is it working for them?
What about our candidates running for offices, the would-be mayors, governors, and lieutenant governors? Don’t just sit there and look good. You want our votes, talk about reducing the costs of medications now, not later.
Ray Domingo, Hanamaulu