posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 12:25 PM
reply to post by RocksFromSpace
Your situation, and the situations of the millions of Americans in the same boat genuinely makes me sad. I know the it's certainly a 'first world
problem', but when it gets to the point where you're simply unable to pay for the more expensive medications (which, coincidentally, tend to treat
more terminal illnesses - funny, that) you know things are generally quite bad.
I picked up a prescription this AM for my brother who a myriad of mental health issues as well as cancer - he (and much of my maternal family) have a
rare genetic defect which often leads to cancer, as well as a host of other ailments, called MEN-1. He has two tumors in his brain, one on one of his
kidneys, and one on his thyroid. He doesn't work, though he would love too, but for him, its simply an impossibility with his illnesses. The script I
picked up this morning for him at Shoppers Drug Mart (picture a Canadian Walgreens) cost me zero dollars and zero cents, full cost would have been
close to a thousand bucks.
Granted, the scrips cost nothing because he's on government assistance, but even without it, much of that cost would have been covered by various
federal and provincial programs.
Our system sure as hell isn't perfect. That's not my point. But I firmly believe that the day the USA embraces a true social safety net in terms of
health care is the day America evolved as a nation.
I read something in somebody's sig the other day that really resonated with me - socialism for our needs, and capitalism for our wants.
Though I'm not an overly religious man, I feel like thanking the lord every day for being born in a nation for a family member coming down with a
terminal illness doesn't mean going bankrupt.
edit on 7/12/2013 by Monger because: grammar.