The Pre-Death Panel at CFI Care [not its real initials] has been known to express, sometimes quite loudly, its preference for cheaper drugs over more expensive ones — whether or not the cheaper one actually works. I do yell back at them, though:
I paid your absurd five-times-the-price-of-generic copay because this stuff works and there are no generics. Simple as that. Ninety days from now, I’ll be happily paying six times the price, just so I don’t get any more phone calls from you addlepated schmucks.
I am, of course, not the only person who has to deal with this sort of thing:
“We’re declining to pay for that specific prescription because we do not feel it is effective for treatment.”
“The same medication that I have been taking to help control my seizures for the last ten years? That exact same medication? The one you have decided with my excellent medical care in mind is not effective for treatment of my medical condition?”
And since this ought to be repeated:
I do not believe that allowing a computer generated data program to decide that one drug is more effective for treatment than another drug just because it costs twenty five cents less per pill is the best possible treatment for anyone.
We can expect more of this as the government adds its own cost-savings schemes into the mix. In the meantime, she’s paying the inflated price routinely charged to the uninsured. I am minded of P. J. O’Rourke’s dictum: “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”
Disclosure: The stuff I was on eventually went off patent, so I can actually get a generic, about which they don’t fuss in the least. Imagine that.