Judith wrote:So sad that a rich country like the US cannot provide adequate affordable healthcare for its citizens.
PTEF-Nest-Janitor wrote:Everyone that has helped either via monetary donations - or the sending of good vibes Robin's/rjm's way really showed that Elvis' giving spirit lives on.
Your show of support/kindness/love for a person that you only "know" online shows that Elvis fans know no boundaries.
Members from two forums have come together to show that we all can TCB - in a flash (literally!)
I know that your kindness brought tears (of joy/thankfulness) to Robin/rjm - but also know that it brought tears to me as well.
Tears of - I can't explain it.
Just how proud I am of everyone here, and from FECC who have come to Robin's/rjm's aid.
Be it via donations, be it via good vibes sent her way, be it via prayers, or just a simple note of positivity.
YOU have made a difference in Robin's/rjm's life.
Special thanks to WalterHaleJnr for the coordination of bringing this to Phoenix.
WalterHaleJnr wrote:Jordan, can i ask, how come the medicines that Robin mentioned of is full priced? So, there is no government subsidies at all?
WalterHaleJnr wrote:In my country, my three diabetes medicines are, includes diaformin XR 100 g.
PTEF-Nest-Janitor wrote:WalterHaleJnr wrote:Jordan, can i ask, how come the medicines that Robin mentioned of is full priced? So, there is no government subsidies at all?
It is sadly a simple, and repulsive reason - pure greed on the part of pharmaceutical companies in the U.S.
Insulin is one of the most prescribed "life saving" medications in the U.S. - and it is marked up at an astronomical rate. For instance, a single 10mL vial of Novolog, (the most common along with humalog type for "Type 1" diabetics) would cost someone roughly $350. Costs the companies around $5-$8USD to make, if i'm recalling accurately.
Keep in mind most diabetics, in my experience go through 3-4 10mL vials a MONTH. So that's at least $1000USD per month.
What is mind blowing, most insurance companies will not cover "Novolog". And even those that do, the savings is not much - maybe 10%.
As for government assistance, programs do exist. But it is an extremely lengthy process with a bunch of hoops to jump through. And you are not guaranteed to be accepted, no matter your circumstance. As I stated before, this is ridiculous for a "free world" country.
The future is not all horrible, though. The U.S. Government will be making most insulins and other diabetic medications much cheaper through "medicare", and more in line with what other countries pay. But this reduction is for senior citizens only, if I'm remembering correctly.
Those who are younger who will not benefit from this are being forced to import their insulin from Canada. That same vial that costs $350 here in the U.S. ----------- costs $30-$50 in Canada.WalterHaleJnr wrote:In my country, my three diabetes medicines are, includes diaformin XR 100 g.
That biguanide class of med, which in the U.S. is branded Metformin ER/Fortamet has a RETAIL cost of around $900-$1500 a month depending on the pharmacy you use. And that is just one of the 3 meds you are taking. Yikes!
Colin B wrote:Why has the US never adopted an NHS-style of health care ?
TonyS wrote:Colin B wrote:Why has the US never adopted an NHS-style of health care ?
Because someone having to help pay for someone else's problems is judged by many as a socialist issue.
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