Dear Mr. President and Congress Person’s:
I’m just your average Joe in the Midwest trying to make ends meet. I’m from your neck of the woods Mr. President, Illinois, and I’m having some real issues with this health care, particular the pharmaceutical side.
Now, I have insurance and believe you me, I’m very thankful. But what I don’t understand is the pharmacy side of insurance.
I have been taking a particular blood pressure medication for at least 10 years. It has always been $12.00 for the prescriptions. Which like I said, I’m very thankful for the coverage. But when having the prescription refilled this week, it went to $52.00. A forty dollar increase?
So, I contacted my provider, who in turn directed me to a company that “manages the drug side” of my benefits for them, and I asked why the increase?
To which I was told, this drug is not on the preferred list. Preferred list? My Doctor prescribed this medication. This is what I have been on for years and because it is now not on “the preferred list”, the price has increased, oh… 23%! Who makes this list?
Ok, gas, electric, food, medication? Which one of these should I not pay? “Well,” the nice lady said, “you might ask your Doctor if he would change your medication to one of our medications on the preferred list.” “What?” I said? “You are asking me to tell the Doctor, I…can’t take that…. it not on the preferred list…..try another one!”
Then she said, “You might also try getting it through us. By mail. The price might be lower.” To which I replied, “Lady, I have a hard enough time getting my water bill delivered to the right address and you want me to get my medications through the mail?”
Some where, some one is making a lot of money and it’s not me!
Why must I be forced to use certain medication or pay more for it? Why can’t I go to my local pharmacy and pick my medication up?
I’m not buying luxury item. It’s a tiny pill to control my blood pressure, which might cost a whole ½ cent to make in large quantities, if that. I can’t be the only person taking it in the USA. Why am I being forced to get my prescription through the mail? I like having it put into my hands and asked, do you have any questions by my local drug store? I don’t have any idea who is filling this by mail, and God only knows where it might go. Then what happens?
Sir, there are a lot of issues with our health care system, White House Site shows that. Take your time, get it right, and spend sometime looking at who is making the monies in the drug companies cause someone is not playing fair!
Just your average Joe who has insurance and still can’t afford medications.