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.
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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
As a Canadian with family in America it never fails to shock me. In the 80s, in Texas, my aunt had her daughter and was out of hospital at end of day. $8k
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Thanks to @uhc I paid 3,000 for one month supply of meds. Part of that was a service fee of $1,000. Service fee for what? And, yes, I had to buy it because without the medication I can't breathe, walk, or eat. Now I have debt.
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A woman in front of me one time had to pay like 12k for her prescription. I have no idea what it was and was embarrassed that I overheard. My wife was convinced that I misheard but then we looked it up and there a bunch of prescriptions that cost more than 10k/month.
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I was taking a drug that cost $18k a month for a while. My copay was only $50. When my doctor took me off of it, I had an entire month’s supply. Still have it. It expires in May. I wish there was a way to give it to someone.
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I am a healthcare provider with lousy insurance. After meeting deductible my insurance covers 50%. I need knee surgery but will have to settle for a Don Joy brace.
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I’ve already decided that if I ever need chemo, I’ll plan my funeral instead. I’m not going to add to my problems with debt like that.
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we’re conditioned to avoid healthcare
It’s not just distrust. In the US we’re conditioned to avoid healthcare and to do our own research. Everyone I know “did their own research” to decide about vaccines. Even the people who got vaccinated were following tv doctor advice, not their own doctor.
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Following the path to privatization. “Do your own research (to find the best price).” Remember, you’re supposed to shop health care like you shop for a new car…
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