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    Poll: Did you forgo a doctor visit or not refill a prescription because of cost

    Poll: Did you forgo a doctor visit or not refill a prescription because of cost in 2016?

    If so, please leave a short post.

    Please answer whether you are “insured” or not.  It doesn’t matter.

     

    Al;so, please tell us if you sook healthcare services in a foreign country, or are a US citizen trapped in a foreign country because of the cost of healthcare here in the USA.

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    • PADemD (907 posts)
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      1. Yes

      An small tube of prescribed antibiotic ointment made by Glenmark Pharmaceutials Company.  The cost, which neither Medicare nor AARP would cover, was $120.  I refused the purchase and bought something off the shelf.

    • Silver Witch (4702 posts)
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      2. In 2017 I will

      Insured but co pay going from $10 per visit to $30 and $45.  No more physics therapy for my arm.

      #Let'sTalkRevolution
      • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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        20. what's wrong with your arm?

        Ive been lucky recently. I take resveratrol and it helps with joints a great deal.

        And its cheap.

        "Out of many, one"
        • Silver Witch (4702 posts)
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          27. Hi Akallabeth…

          Broke my arm in July in 5 pieces hear the wrist. Healing has been a little slow and physical therapy was helping. My co-pays went up this year from $10 a visit to 30-45 so have to cut out weekly therapy.

           

          It will be fine. I am taking a 24 NSAID which oddly makes it bearable.

          #Let'sTalkRevolution
          • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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            28. OUCH!.. Do you have a heating pad? Heating your arm will help heal it faster

            Try getting a heating pad and wrapping it around your arm to heat it up whenever you are sitting in one place for awhile.

            I suspect that might help. Its unlikely to hurt as it improves circulation.

            "Out of many, one"
            • Silver Witch (4702 posts)
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              30. It is a good suggestion my friend.

              Especially with all the rain we have.

              #Let'sTalkRevolution
    • Skeeter Barnes (129 posts)
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      3. No.

      Still with BERNIE!  The only one that I trust to be with the people and FOR the people - not his career or himself.  
    • TRex (1982 posts)
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      4. Yes, sadly the working class has to extend the days of medication

      and that includes skipping days. I know far too many people that are on a fixed incomes that do that.

      I never promised you a rose garden.
      • Depaysement (711 posts)
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        9. There is no working class

        The Democratic establishment says we are “working families” and “middle class.” 

        Oh, yeah, you are right, nonetheless.

        "White youth, black youth Better find another solution Why not phone up Robin Hood And ask him for some wealth distribution" White Man in Hammersmith Palais (1978)
        • TRex (1982 posts)
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          17. They ignore our living conditions while Rome burns.

          We are going to do better in a better economy! We just need answers to the problems we face blah blah blah…

          The fire will rage out of control and reach the establishment, when it does I will just stand back and watch.

          Had it with those assholes.

          I never promised you a rose garden.
          • Depaysement (711 posts)
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            19. That makes two of us +1

            "White youth, black youth Better find another solution Why not phone up Robin Hood And ask him for some wealth distribution" White Man in Hammersmith Palais (1978)
          • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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            23. ditto and with the suck-up class as well = the kapos

            yeah, maybe Cubans can come as “assess” how to better deliver healthcare

            oh, wait, that’s already happening in a joint project with a big university

            that should help

             

      • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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        29. The US has by far the most expensive drugs in the world.

        This paper is worth reading to see how shamelessly the US drug companies lie about the reasons for the costs.

         

         

        "Out of many, one"
    • Calico (404 posts)
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      5. Yes

      Use OTC rather than Rx. Use expired medications. Try home remedies first.

      No matter what the doctor prescribes, the insurance rejects it. She always has to re-prescribe something else. I don’t know how the doctors put up with it.

      I’m “insured.”

      • MrMickeysMom (1325 posts)
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        24. The doctors don't tolerate this well…

        I work with them at the patient’s pulmonary end needs. The co-pays for many just to step in for a specialty visit = 40 USDs. Then, if it takes a prescription (30 days, mind you, with only enough refills until the next visit), the medicine to control asthma/COPD/related respiratory symptoms easily runs over $300 for that month.

        Does one EAT healthy quantities of half-way decent food, or cut their meds? Long time question and the pharmaceutical industry is in control of the “answer”.

         

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      • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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        31. US teaming up with India to trade – what? US jobs for drug-related concessions??

        https://www.thedollarbusiness.com/news/sitharaman-and-michael-froman-deliberate-visa-issues-and-totalisation-agreement/48322

        Sitharaman and Michael Froman deliberate visa issues and totalisation agreement

        The leaders noted that it is important the two countries facilitate movement of professionals, experts, and scientific personnel to foster trade

        The Dollar Business Bureau

        India and the United States deliberated issues pertaining to visa, movement of professionals and totalisation agreement during the 10th India- US Trade Policy Forum (TPF) meeting involving the Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and US Trade Representative Michael Froman.

        It was noted that it is important for the two countries to facilitate movement of professionals, experts, and scientific personnel to foster trade and enhance bilateral ties. This can be done only with the early conclusion of the totalisation agreement or social security pact which paves way for the exchange of Indian IT professionals.

        The other areas that the two leaders divulged upon included the need of a good (Intellectual Property Rights) IPR regime which is required for spurring creativity, innovation and attracting investment. They praised the engagement on intellectual property (IP) and reviewed the results of the dialogues on copyrights, trade secrets, patents, genetic resources, traditional knowledge and the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), standard essential patents and IP policies that took place in 2016.  Both countries emphasized the role of robust and balanced IPR protection in fostering creativity, promoting innovation, and attracting investment, taking into account the interests of all stakeholders, including the public.

        Sitharaman and Froman reiterated the goal of ensuring the poorest population in India and the United States have access to quality healthcare and recognised the important role that trade, intellectual property and innovation policies play in enhancing access to quality health and affordable medicines for the public at large. This is where the role of trade, IP and innovation policies comes into play, an issue raised by the two nations during their one-day meeting. With respect to the same, Froman highlighted the need for transparent notice and comment process to implement and evaluate the Policy.

        The leaders shed light on the issue of unauthorised recording, including camcording of films in cinemas and copyright piracy on websites. The other issues of discussion involved implementing effective trade mechanisms in order to protect trading secrets of their respective countries. The conference also revealed India’s plans to undertake a further study on various legal approaches for the protection of trade secrets.


        Seems like the number of Indian 6 year workers in the US is about to rise a lot! We cannot allow Social Security to be privatized because that will force the millions of Americans who will all be trying to take their money out at the same time (as automation is going to explode in the next ten to twenty years) into bankruptcy.

        "Out of many, one"
    • OCMI (1332 posts)
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      6. Yes, all the time

      If you dislike Trump, you should vote for him so we can change his party from within. Yes, Hillary supporters, this is how ridiculous you sound.
    • winter is coming (854 posts)
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      7. Yes. No insurance. n/t

    • farleftlib (1344 posts)
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      8. I can't afford my medications some months

      I’m on temporary disability so I can go to the doctors but I can’t always afford my medications. It’s something that I desperately require too.

      Before I got the disability I couldn’t afford either. I’ve worked all my life too until quite recently.

      Obamacare wasn’t an option. I lost my house of 25 years last year due to medical bills I couldn’t pay. My rent now is more than my mortgage used to be.

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    • StupidRedhead (2248 posts)
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      10. if I were to order my medicine all at the same time

      my co-pays would be around 500.00. As it is I stagger them monthly because I find it much easier to come up with 100.00 every month than it is to come up with 500.00 every three months.

      I’m forced by BCN to use Express Scripts to obtain my meds. I have one that cost no $$ but Express Scripts still charges me a 3 dollar co-pay. Aint that a kick in the damn head?

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      • OCMI (1332 posts)
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        11. Have the same thing with my lisinopril

        $4 total cost a month if I have no insurance, $10 copay if I do.

        If you dislike Trump, you should vote for him so we can change his party from within. Yes, Hillary supporters, this is how ridiculous you sound.
        • StupidRedhead (2248 posts)
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          12. you might as well not bother with your insurance

          and go get it for 4 dollars. My Dr started me on Metformin because I’ve gained so much weight after quitting smoking and I’ve now developed type 2 diabetes. I was telling her about the e-pharmacy I’m required to use and complained because they won’t take the coupons for my inhalers which will limit their cost to me. So when she wrote me the RX for Metformin she told me of a pharmacy in the area where they don’t charge for it if you don’t have insurance. I walked that RX right over and got it filled at no charge.

           

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          • OCMI (1332 posts)
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            15. Hmm, good idea! Might have to "forget" for a minute that I have insurance

            Usually the first question that is asked …

            If you dislike Trump, you should vote for him so we can change his party from within. Yes, Hillary supporters, this is how ridiculous you sound.
            • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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              26. a doctor 'prescribed' me a nasal spray to clear my tubes when needed

              pharmacist told me that the active ingredient can be bought over the counter much cheaper and started talking very negatively (in a joking way) about the present situation

    • em77 (2507 posts)
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      13. Yes.

    • Mom Cat (7964 posts)
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      14. Couldn't fill a script for an inhaler because it was not covered.

      The doctor finally prescribed one that was covered.

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      • StupidRedhead (2248 posts)
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        16. Tudorza?

        I was using that. I had a coupon for it that limited my co-pay to 25.00. My Dr switched me to Spireva. Can’t say how many times I’ve swallowed that capsule not thinking.

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      • MrMickeysMom (1325 posts)
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        25. This is the game that the industries in charge play…

        I’ll often perform a “before and after bronchodilator” test on the lungs, whereupon it is CLEAR that the patient needs medicine. It becomes a fucking nightmare by half-way through the year for most patients reaching the “donut hole” via Medicare alone… unimaginable for others with your story.

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    • MistaP (4843 posts)
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      18. I gave up a surgery for several months

      it wasn’t critical, but it was definitely a situation that could turn my eyes yellow

      http://www.salon.com/2016/11/09/the-hillary-clinton-campaign-intentionally-created-donald-trump-with-its-pied-piper-strategy/ (Third Way = Bell Curve)
    • BlueAK (1456 posts)
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      21. Out of curiosity

      I Googled the cost of that medicine they’re advertising on TV for hep C – $1100 per pill!  I wonder if insurance even covers something so extremely expensive.

      https://northernvisions.smugmug.com/
      • Akallabeth (2234 posts)
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        32. The new Market Spiral Pricing charges for drugs based on their competition +

        and the seriousness of the disease.. So a medication for an ear infection may be cheap but a medication for cancer or any serious illness will always be expensive.Even if it costs pennies to make (and it usually does, most of their costs are money spent on lobbying and advertising, not research)

         

        Market Spiral Pricing helps maximize the profits for Big Pharma.

        "Out of many, one"
    • LaaDeeDaaVA (1078 posts)
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      22. Yes to both. So THANKS Cory!!

      No insurance.  But when I had insurance, migraine medication (abortive type, not taken daily), MD prescribed 6 tablets at a time. With insurance, they were $26.00 each.  PER TABLET.  No have idea what cost would be without coverage.

      B.C. or Goody’s powders work a lot better than Excedrin, or anything else.  I live on them, but each time I do, I just pray that it will not be THAT day my stomach explodes.

    • Gryneos (1335 posts)
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      33. Because of a lack of insurance, yes.

      My doctor does allow me to pay a fee to get seen in lieu of insurance. Apparently, I’m not the only one doing that, or the only doctor/clinic doing it.

      Also, after BCBS raised my rate on a pretty decent silver plan by 20% back at the beginning of 2016, I dropped it. I’d also learned that the ACA won’t subsidize if you are not employed, which just makes things worse.

      "You! Cake or death?" "Uh, cake for me, too, please." "Very well! Give him cake, too! We're gonna run out of cake at this rate. You! Cake or death?" "Uh, death, please. No, cake! Cake! Cake, sorry. Sorry..." "You said death first, uh-uh, death first!" "Well, I meant cake!" "Oh, all right. You're lucky I'm Church of England!" Eddie Izzard, Dress To Kill