Wed 12 Dec, 2012 12:55 pm
Blood-pressure and kidney meds separately are pretty cheap, at a few cents a day, but the pill treating both, in what I hope is my remaining time, I calculate will have set me back $32,000
(Not a typo, it's thirty-two thousand dollars)
Incidentally it's called "Bystolic," which stands for "Beyond systolic" or Nebivolol, with respect to its cost, "Not beyond involuntarily laughing out loud"
However I was astounded but relieved when my Better Half advised that the 10 mg tab cost the same as the 5 mg, for a lifetime investment of only $16,000. Maybe, I suggested, we could buy a 20-mg tab and cut it in half but she responded that wouldn't be fair to the insurance company
Come on now, girls!
So you ask, what part of its cost is covered? None. It's against the policy of U.S. insurance firms to cover the cost of the most effective nostrums, especially for a pre-existing condition
Now, except for hypertension I'm a remarkably healthy old fellow but how about the typical patient my age treating ten different diseases, supposing many pills not so easily broken into halfs or thirds, that's a lifetime outlay upward of five-hundfred thousand dollars before inflation
This is all on top of an immensely complex, diffuse, uncoordinated bureaucratic system requiring the old guy to drive 15 miles to Walgreens twice a week, at $2 a mile bringing the old coot's his cumulative lifetime disbursement between one and two million dollars
Two dollars a mile--don't laugh. Thirty years ago in Los angeles it was 50 cents, which inflation approximately doubles every 15 years
The idea of euthanasia notwithstanding, clearly the cost of medical care will have to be distributed amongst all of us-- "Socialized Medicine"--inevitable
That is a sad thing when you think about it, when you get sick you have to buy expensive medicines.
I would have expected morse of an objection to my implications about the desirability of SocMed
At other such sites I would have been torn apart mercilessly by its Con Comm