I confess to jumping up and making noises more appropriate in a stadium than in front of a PC after reading the following article from the Washington Post by author Michael L. Millenson.
“ … Here's a cold truth: Despite much media hand-wringing on the subject, most of us give about as much thought to those who lack health coverage as we do to soybean subsidies. The major obstacle to change? Those of us with insurance simply don't care very much about those without it. …”
Specifically with Multiple Sclerosis, treatments in recent years involve maintenance medications. When Patti was trying Avonex for example the cash price would have been over $1,000 a month for 4 weekly injections. Far, far less when purchased through her prescription plan.
If you were uninsured or underinsured you were locked out of such a treatment option.
Or suppose you or your spouse’s health care prescription benefits change? Divorce, disability, unemployment or death can and will change your family medical benefits?
Whether patient or caregiver you may as well be playing Russian roulette with the economics of healthcare each and every day.
How do you continue expensive maintenance medication? Safety nets such as Medicare and Medicaid rarely cover the “designer” medications.
What if anything is known about the effects of abruptly having to abandon a treatment because your family health care situation changed?
"One paycheck from poverty/One illness or injury from misery," is this really the best we can do as a national heath care policy?
“… It has been nearly a century since Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican running unsuccessfully on the Bull Moose Party ticket, boldly became the first presidential candidate to promise universal health coverage. That was in 1912. Nearly a century later, we're still waiting for a leader …”
Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer
(also available in Blogger edition, Caregiver Blog: "Caregivingly Yours")