Recently, an asthma patient came to our free clinic--it seems she went to the local ER recently with pneumonia and was told the only way she could avoid hospitalization (and huge bills) was to take Levaquin. The bill? Over $300. She found two family members with the discount cards we get at the clinic, borrowed money from neighbors and finally was able to buy the stuff. (Yes, I called the ER and gave them holy hell for prescribing Levaquin when Cipro would have cost her $4 at WalMart).
But what if this lady needs more than the rescue inhaler she can buy for $9? The book says it's standard of care to use steroid inhalers--does anybody know of one that costs less than $30 a month? How about Singulair--$136 wholesale for a month's supply.
Let's stop dissing the Canucks and Brits for their two-tiered healthcare system. At least the people on their bottom tier get their meds, even if they're not the latest heavily advertised "me-too" drug.