Here’s to big business! [he says sarcastically]
I’m glad to have Medicare. I’m glad to have supplemental coverage as well. I spent an hour or so on the phone with my carrier on Friday yet another time trying to get my meds sent out correctly and on time.
It seems my phone rang and I got an email telling me there was a problem with my order. I called the number and I got an automated system that asked me to identify who I was, then inquired about one out of 7 meds that I take. When the robot had gotten done it told me my order would be sent out today.
But a few days ago when I called to set up direct mailing they said they would send out all the meds on Feb. 24th. This was February 12. ….hmmmm…. I called them back and talked with a live human being this time. Of course the other 6 had not been verified (I guess I would have gotten 6 more phone calls). I inquired about the change in mailing date and Ruth had no idea what was going on about that. SHE was shipping the meds today!
The she asked whether I knew how much they would cost… I said no. This is the first time you’re sending me these meds, how would I know the cost? It turns out that even though they are sending tier 1 and tier 2 drugs out without charge that the rest of the meds are going to cost TWICE what they cost when I had the scrips filled by my local pharmacy! Hmmm… Sure… Mail order prescriptions save you money.
I have no historic comparison for the new drug, but the one that they are charging me for that I have been taking for some time now costs twice as much as it used to.
And when I figure it out my total med bill is now 4 times what it was last January. Some of that is because of additional meds, but the larger percentage is nothing more that being charged whatever-the-traffic-will-bear pricing.
I’m glad I have medical coverage — Medicare-Shmedicare — in this day and age you can’t afford not to be covered. But I really do wonder about how these systems work and who’s making out best with the system the way it is. There isn’t going to be any great improvement — I know that. In fact I think we all expect that the medical system in the U.S. is broken and no one is going to fix it. I would not want to be a teen or a twenty-something in this world.
Thanks for stopping by. Today was just about venting. Tomorrow I’ll have something more interesting (I hope) to say. Stop by then, and thanks for joining me today.