Thursday, January 14, 2016


The doctor decided to change my diabetes medicine.
“Go online, and you can get a discount card” he says.
So first thing I do is go online and check what this new medicine is going to cost me.
Looks like 30 bucks a month, the same as the other, but whats this?
The Insurance company will be paying $12,000 a month on the new medication?
That’s $144,000.00 a year.

Well, I’m not going to sign up to cost my insurance that kind of money. I’ll die first. My other medication had only cost them 1000 a month, and I thought that was outrageous for something that is made from the pituitary gland of a cow.
Shoot, Saute’ Sweetbreads with Morel Mushrooms don’t cost that much.
But before I just dismiss it outright, I figure I should call the insurancecompany and ask if those numbers are correct, or if this is just some kind of accounting trick. Do they really pay the pharmacy $144,000 a year to supply a person with this one medicine?
Or are they using monopoly money in some kind of Obamacare swindle?

So I call the insurance company and ask.
You know what they told me?
They said they didn’t know. They don’t know what they pay the pharmacy for my medicine.
They said I should call the pharmacy and the pharmacy can tell me how much the insurance pays. Otherwise, the insurance company doesn’t know, and from what I could ascertain from this phone call, they don’t give a fuck.
How can that be?
That’s like asking the wolf how many sheep are in the flock.

So my next call is to the pharmacy.
“Yes, I’d like to check on a price of a medication”
Which medication mr. Renfro?”
“The Teogeofeoflo”
“Yes, that one will cost you $30 a month.”
“Right, I see that. But I also see that my insurance has to pay $12,000 a month for Teogeofeoflo”
“No, they don’t  pay that much.”
“Well, can you explain to me why it says that on your “Price A Medication” tool?”
“No, I cant. Where are you seeing that?”
“On your website. It shows I pay $30, but the insurance company pays $12,000. I’m not going to do that to my insurance company. I don’t care if I die. I refuse to cost anyone that kind of money”
“I don’t see where you are seeing that, Mr. Renfro”
“Would you like me to send you a screenshot?”
“No, that wont be necessary. I can assure you the insurance doesn’t pay $12,000 for this.”
“Then what do they pay? And what does this medicine cost you?”
“I don’t know Mr. Renfro, I don’t have that information available. All I can really tell you is that your cost is $30 a month.“

Do we need health Care Reform?
Hell yes!
And don’t think its any different before the ACA.
I went through the same drill over Testosterone a few years ago. They make that stuff from frogs, and its costs the insurance company $2500 a month. The Testosterone company pays other companies not to make it in order to keep the price up. It actually went t the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court ruled that that was OK to do!

OK, that’s my rant today.


flask said...

bless you, bulletholes.

Bulletholes said...

Hi Flask!

Minnesotastan said...

For some reason I had not found your blog before. Bookmarked. :.)