In line at pharmacy. Woman in front of me picking up a prescription for her kid. "That'll be $819" says the pharmacist. She looks stunned. "For one month?" "Sixty pills," he tells her. They leave without the medicine.

Feb 28, 2022 · 10:57 PM UTC

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I think people underestimate the psychological cost of knowing that, even if you're 'insured', getting sick could bankrupt you. It's a low level fear that almost everyone here just has to manage.
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I’m actually shaken reading the responses to this. So much suffering. I’m the son of a British National Health System (NHS) doctor and I will never get used to the way Americans (including me, now) are preyed upon by orgs that are supposed to heal
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No let’s make healthcare free at point of use and remove all the layers of predators and gatekeepers and pharma bros. Insulin is just the tip of the iceberg
Let’s cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month so every family can afford it.
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Replying to @harikunzru
During a deadly global pandemic we still couldn’t stomach universal health care.
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Omg 💔 Thank you Hari, this literally reminded me to phone the pharmacy for a repeat of my perfectly normal NZ public-health-system prescription for my regular medication that I can't function without, which is $5 for three months worth.
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Even better is when you get some basic lab work done and instead of a $40 bill like the one from six months ago, it's $600 and you have absolutely no recourse other than "we offer a payment plan."
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esp when your PCP says "hey man you should get this routine exam" and you say "ok cool i will!" and you go see that recommended specialist (in your network!) for like 15 minutes and then oh look a $500 bill arrives in the mail
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Replying to @harikunzru
Me, today, picking up my medicine for about a month. 24 pills. Zero. Nothing. Free. If I was under 60 it would be about £9 no matter what it was.
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Me going into the chemists to pick up a 4 item prescription today for the first time post retirement. Wanted to start on the prescription prepayment scheme but the nice lady told me it was free as I’m now 60! This will save me many hundreds of pounds a year. I’m very grateful😃
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