I've had a couple of soapbox topics in the back of my mind for a while and it's time to step up on the box for a short rant!! I'm sure I'm not alone in this problem ... or maybe I HOPE I'm not alone in these thoughts!!
Years ago I got migraines, for which the Doctor prescribed atenolol, a blood pressure medicine. With no migraines in years, I tried to stop taking it. That didn't work out so well since my heart decided it would skip a beat if it didn't have it, so the heart doctor said I should keep taking it forever!!
No problem, I'll have health insurance from the County to pay for it. Little did I realize back then that my co-pay was $10.00 and the prescription only cost $4.00. Something's wrong there!! After I retired, the County decided to drop the additional coverage above Medicare (including prescriptions) as a budget cutting remedy. That's how I found out the pills only cost $4.00.
With additional prescription coverage costing around $250.00 a month and my pills only $4.00, I chose to leave the prescription coverage in the dust!! That was irritating enough, but now I have another problem. I never can get in to see my Doctor to get the prescription filled. Every time I call, it's a three month wait.
I got kind of testy with them last week, and finally got in to see her after three years. It should have been a simple blood pressure, weight and once-over to get a prescription. It wasn't!! She started going on and on about all these tests she needed to do ... blood tests, chest x-rays, mammogram, bone density, etc. etc. .......
I asked a simple question .... why?? Oh gee she says .... we have had so many breast cancers with people your age .... thyroid cancer, lung cancer .... she named several more. I thought I was pretty healthy, with nothing more than a cold. Why in the world would I want to go through the expense of all these tests EVERY YEAR? I understand preventative medicine, but this is crazy. SOMEONE has pay for all that!! "Oh don't worry, Medicare will pay" she says. This is the NEW MEDICINE age.
I'm sorry, but doing lots of expensive tests for no reason isn't my idea of a good thing. Don't you think Medicare might run out of money one day?? Besides, now they are saying that all those yearly x-rays aren't good for you. It was then that it dawned on me ..... she's telling everyone ELSE to do all these tests too, which is one reason I'm paying through the nose for Medicare. Yes ... my Medicare isn't free. I have to pay $200+ a month for Medicare and another $150 a month for the Supplemental coverage and I have NO medication coverage.
If MY doctor is doing this, how many OTHER doctors are requiring a multitude of tests due to the NEW medicine?? Do you think most people just do whatever their doctor says, going through test after test when no symptoms exist? I fully realize there are family histories involved here ... luckily for me my family was pretty healthy. Maybe I'm in the 1% in that respect, but since my doctor is aware of that fact, I wouldn't think she would require all these tests!!
That's when it happened ... she slipped up during our conversation when she mentioned the House of Mammograms was trying to increase their patient load .... WAIT ..... did I just hear that right???
Needless to say, I'm NOT doing any more tests. She can get the blood tests I had done at the Urgent Care facility I went to because I couldn't get in to see her, which will hopefully result in one more prescription refill.
I only have one solution to this problem ... from now on I'll be joining the masses in Mexico, filling my prescription myself! I bet it's even cheaper than $4.00!!!
Stepping down now .....................