Recently reading the WebMD interview with Meredith Vieira, I was struck with an observation that MONEY certainly affects options.
It seems to me that over the decades a formula has been developing that those with more money have more options. Those with more options have more hope.
A person or family able to afford current MS medications is going to have a different future view of "living with MS" than a person or family without prescription coverage or who cannot afford their plan's high monthly co-pay. Or considering divorce in excess of 90% in such situations how is hope impacted when the insured spouse leaves and the prescription plan terminates?
Our media and culture tends to be drawn toward celebrities and anecdotal success stories. That is understandable. Yet there is a risk that truth may be in the silence of those not seen and heard.
Escalating co-pays, decimation of family finances, divorce, and unemployment are just a few of the more common challenges, beyond health issues, faced by any person "living with MS" or a spouse/caregiver.
Our health care insurance system is broken and "we the people" only hear about it every four years when someone wants to be President. Yet some more than others have to struggle with it every day.
HOPE is so critical to "living with MS". Yet for some, correct that, too many, money is becoming a cage for hope.
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