Make no mistake about it: every one of us is likely to spend the last miserable moments of our lives in a hospital room. It’s not pretty. It ain’t fun. And it sure as hell isn’t cheap.
While there are a lot of good things about the American health care system, let’s not kid ourselves: there’s ample room for improvement.
The list is too long to review in detail, but this is the one thing that I think could be fixed this year, with relative ease, and it would improve our system tremendously: onsite pharmacies where the first prescriptions are included in the general cost of care.
This way, when the patient is discharged, they have at least one cycle of medicine they need to recuperate (be it for a day, a week, or even a month…longer preferably).
Long story short: my mom went to the emergency room, and they kept her overnight for observation. Late the next evening, out of the blue, the nurse walks in and tells her she can go home. So they give her a list of medications to buy…all of them abominably expensive for a retired beautician…and send her on her merry way.
Now she has to drive clear the fuck across town, late at night, to try to buy life preserving prescriptions. And to make matters worse, the pharmacy would not be able to fill the order until noon of the next day.
And here’s a kicker: she was supposed to take one of those drugs that very night upon release, per the doctor’s specific instructions. But she didn’t, because she couldn’t.
This is horseshit. This has to be one of the god-damned dumbest things I’ve ever seen, and I know it’s been going on forever.
Also, “Part D Medicare” is a fucking crime against humanity. I can’t think of any logical reason to break those payments off into separate payment plans other than it somehow benefits Big Pharma.
We pay into Medicare all of our fucking lives, yet once we retire and start receiving our Social Security checks, the fuckers deduct Medicare from the benefits.
What the fucking hell?
I’m so mad…it would probably constitute a crime if I wrote just how fucking mad I am, but suffice it to say, I am mad. Seeing red.
The time for change is now.