posted on Aug, 16 2016 @ 07:41 PM
Some of you may know (most probably won't) that I recently suffered a heart attack due to a 100% blocked carotid artery. Don't celebrate just yet;
I'm fine, got a strong heart and an attitude issue when it comes to not breathing. I also have a stent in that artery. With any foreign object safely
tucked away in living flesh comes the need for anti-platelet medication, and that even includes rednecks apparently.
My doctor's choice was a little pill called Effient. Now this particular little pill is apparently made of some very precious stuff. Walmart Pharmacy
wants $410 a month
for it. I was smart enough to check the price before
leaving the hospital, so the doctors are sampling me mine... but what about others? Who can afford to just start dishing out that kind of money?
Well, it turns out the manufacturer isn't completely heartless. They have a program
to help patients
by giving them free Effient for one year, more than the time I am expected to need it, but look closely: there's a catch!
*This offer is invalid for cash-paying patients and those patients whose prescription claims are eligible to be reimbursed, in whole or in part,
by any governmental program. Patient's responsibility may exceed $0 depending on the pharmacy provider. Other restrictions may apply.
In simpler terms, if you have insurance, you can get it free if insurance doesn't cover it. If you're too poor to have insurance, or if you have
Medicare/Medicaid, you're out of luck; pay up.
I find this tremendously unfair and about as despicable a policy as I can imagine. Financial help for those who don't need it, none for those who do?
I think this is one of those things that need to desperately be exposed.
So, what say you, ATS?