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Author Topic: Things That Make You Go " hmmmmmmmmmm" or at least want to spit.  (Read 863 times)

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Offline mecch

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Re: Things That Make You Go " hmmmmmmmmmm" or at least want to spit.
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2010, 07:22:30 AM »
Of course doctors should consider what patients can or can't afford in their treatment decisions.  But they should openly speak about this with patients.  However, this puts everyone in very uncomfortable territory.  It must be horrible to hear:  there is a drug that can help you but your insurance wont pay, or you dont have insurance, and you dont have the money.
The life or death situation people experience around the world on a daily basis.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Things That Make You Go " hmmmmmmmmmm" or at least want to spit.
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2010, 12:42:05 PM »
I'm not surprised by this at all. At the mental health center where I work people are routinely put on medications based on what the patient can afford, or what we have samples of, rather than efficacy. If the patient can't afford a medication it is useless to prescribe it.

That is healthcare in America.

Offline aztecan

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Re: Things That Make You Go " hmmmmmmmmmm" or at least want to spit.
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010, 02:43:30 PM »
I'm not surprised by this at all. At the mental health center where I work people are routinely put on medications based on what the patient can afford, or what we have samples of, rather than efficacy. If the patient can't afford a medication it is useless to prescribe it.

That is healthcare in America.


Yep, you're right. Not long ago, the Indian Health Service was refusing to prescribe Atripla to HIV patients because of the cost.

They would prescribe Sustiva/Truvada, but not Atripla. I know, same thing, but Atripla costs a lot more.

Another example is some meds on the state formulary here are approved for one month only without a prior authorization applied for by the prescribing doctor.

Some meds are simply not prescribed because of cost.

That is, indeed, healthcare in America.

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Mark
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