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.

Mar 2, 2022 · 2:16 PM UTC

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The inflated prices based on severity of illness are particular terrible. People at the worst time of their lives having to mortgage their future life should they even have one.
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Life-saving drugs should be free.
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Non life-saving ones too.
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I am also a UK NHS user. 6 years ago I got cancer. Including all tests, diagnosis, surgery and post op care 8 months start to finish) total cost was £5.00 parking fee when my wife picked me up from hospital.
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If you can deal with the tip of the iceberg, do it. It would help millions. Yes, the iceberg's still there, but nothing's going to get rid if it all at once. It was created by a complex web of concession, greed, and inertia and it'll need to be chipped away chunk by chunk.
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$35 a month is copay cap so uninsured diabetics are still gonna have to ration & pay thousands
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True, and to me it’s both criminal and unconscionable to force people into a position where they have to ration insulin due to the costs. Not a few uninsured people with diabetes have died here in the U.S. because they could not afford the cost of insulin, rationed it and died.
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