Monday, November 13, 2006

Medication Cost

The cost of medication is just simply outrageous! I checked the cost on my bi-polar medication and it was $ 347.17 for a one month supply. That is only one of the 12 medications I have to take. Medication is only one part of the cost of health care. A person with any chronic illness needs to be flat broke for any type of assistant. It seems to me that we condemn anyone with a chronic illness to poverty. Having both an autoimmue illness and mental illness is a one way ticket to poverty. I guess I have ranted enough for one day. I'm just frustrated!

9 comments:

jumpinginpuddles said...

This is where i can remember having a discussion with sera, raine i think and a few others. come to australia, its medicare rebated by the government and a pbs also in place.
The cost of that medicine here would be at tops 80 dollars and even then you can get some back at tax time, by the way also over here the hospitals are free ;)

mysti said...

I totally agree! The amount of meds I take for my Fibromyalgia and the meds I need to detox, has cost my family a small fortune. It is unbelievable really. My husband makes very good money, but most times we end up saving nothing each month. My friends and family totally do not get it. In truth when it comes right down to it the amount that we spend on my meds would add up to a wonderful vacation each year.

Wanda's Wings said...

JIP
You make a good point for moving. Do you think Australia could handle both of us living there? lol

Mysti;
People with no health care cost just don't understand. Did you ever wonder if a vacation would do as much good as the meds? It would be more fun anyway. :)

Raine said...

Im thinking that australia would see us coming and lock the door:P

Dreaming again said...

you can't move to Austrailia ... you have a new neighbor coming!!!

Fallen Angels said...

Don't forget to ask your doc for samples of any namebrand meds Wanda. It helps a great deal. Also, find out how much your cobra will be and if the premium plus copay amounts ends up being less than the cost of meds, then opting to take the cobra may be a good thing. *When* you get approved for SSDI, you automatically qualify for medicare 18 months from the date of disibility...that's not from the date of approval...from the date they deemed you became disabled (the date you and your doc put on the app)...once that happens you can get the medicare rx coverage...it really is worth it even with all the horror stories you here. My co-pays for meds are $2 and I have not yet reached the years "donut hole"...and the year is almost over. Hang in there Wanda (((wanda)))

Wanda's Wings said...

Raine- I think you are right! Looks like we are stuck!

PK if moved who would you terrorize BA with?

Fallen angel- I went with cobra until I can get Medicare. I also begged for samples. Good advise.

wolfbaby said...

I rotate what i can get.. and cut what I'm supposed to take in half.. seriously thats the only way I can at least stay on my meds... like say my soma.. i ask the doc to give me the max amount she can.. then i only take it as much as I aboslutly have to... and so instead of getting it once a month i can get it every two and if i stretch really hard three months.;P... some meds i can't be without and some.. if i have to i have to it sucks don't it... hugs

cheesemeister said...

This is very true. One of my few friends is a guy with seizure disorder. If he gets even a part time job, he loses his disability benefits and medication assistance. It's pretty sad.