expensive health care

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  1. jamesfrmphilly

    jamesfrmphilly going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i am transitioning over from Medicaid to Medicare and i am learning one thing.
    the health care costs charged to seniors is astronomical!
    my bill for Medicare and the two drugs that i am supposed to take would be $278 per month.

    i can not afford it.

    old people and sick people do suffer in this country.
    so the elders are hustling for care.
    i have read some sad stories.

    the next time someone tells you that the US is number one please slap them right in their face.
    the drug companies are gone buckwild.
    there is so much suffering.

    as you get older or your health declines you fall into a vicious trap.
     
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    Brother James more senior citizens are getting drugs imported from Canada...perhaps you can go that route.
     
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    James.. this a fact. If your doctor wanted to he can write you a prescription and your drugs would be free. Pharmaceutical companies have this program built into the system because your tax dollars funded their research anyway.

    http://www.10nbc.com/index.asp?template=item&story_id=14132


    Jeannette’s doctor’s office saw her struggling. They told her about patient assistance programs through the major drug companies. The programs are intended to help people like Jeanette who make under $18,000.00 a year and don't t qualify for prescription coverage... The drug companies will give people medicines for free.

    There are websites that can help you sort through the application process. They are free.

    Also the council for the aging will provide 800 numbers for the individual drug companies.


    Council for the Aging: 274-6280


    Rx Outreach


    http://www.rxassist.org/default.cfm


    Needy Meds


    http://www.needymeds.com/


    Helping Patients


    https://www.helpingpatients.org/Intro.php
     
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    I HOPE SOME OF THIS IS BENEFICIAL

    Q: My doctor either doesn’t want to or doesn’t have the time to complete the forms. What can I do?
    http://www.needymeds.com/

    This site is designed to provide information about patient assistance programs which provide no cost prescription medications to eligible participants.



    A: This is a common problem. A few suggestions that may help:
    Make sure you fill out as much of the form as you can – and all the material that the patient is responsible for completing.
    Read over the doctor’s portion and see if there is any information the doctor will need – and make sure you have given this information to the doctor.

    Try to befriend a sympathetic staff member. Sometimes a staff member is able to get the doctor to complete and sign the form.

    Be sure your doctor knows your plight – that you just can’t afford to buy the medicines you need.

    Let the doctor know you understand how busy he/she is and that you appreciate the time it takes to complete the forms.

    As a last resort, you may have to find another doctor who will help.
     
  5. jamesfrmphilly

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    thank you.
    i will be checking the links out.

    this afternoon i will be visiting health care companies to check out their coverage.
    i think/hope i will be OK at the end of the day.

    i'm really feeling it for some of the folk who do not have the strength that i have to go out and get themselves a deal.

    it should not be so hard.
     
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    Not only that, but the government attempt to monitor and sieze every bit of property you own in exchange for the little bit of subsadizing they do in medicaid/medicare.






    James

    Depending on your condition, you might want to reconsider switching from medicaid to medicare because medicare only covers 3 months of Nursing Home care.

    After that...they drop you.


    It's the same with hospital care.

    They only take care of you until your medicare runs out (usually 100 days) and then they drop you like a hot potato and ship you out to a community clinic.

    I've seen this myself in my own family.
     
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    since i'm now getting SSD, i don't think i'm eligible for Medicaid anymore.
    i'm trying to get it right but they do not make it easy.

    my main point is that elder people and sick people are catching hell in this country and it shouldn't be like that.
    they take all the money and waste it in Iraq and make us at home suffer.
     
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    I agree. It's sickening how our society treats the elderly. The government screws them over with Medicaid/Medicare, while nursing homes liquidates any assets they have. My grandma will be losing her house and her life savings to stay literally a couple years in a nursing home. And at this point, my mom has no other choice because she has too many ailments to stay with her or me.
     
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