You know what pisses me off? When older people want some sort of “Senior Discount”. You heard me, I’m ragging on grandpa here! Nobody is safe from the wrath of The Angry Pharmacist!
I am totally against senior discounts. Why? We have to make up that ‘discount’ somewhere else, so we are going to charge YOU more for YOUR children’s Rx’s because some old chump didn’t save his money while he was young. Why should we treat senior citizens different than “normal” (read: not old) people/kids? I know people well in their 70’s who still work day in and day out because “it makes them feel young, and gives them something to do”. When someone asks for a ‘senior discount’ I tell them “I’ll ask your doc to change your Lipitor to a generic -statin, there is your discount”.
The worst thing this country did was introduce MediCare. The stupid ‘safety net’ for seniors thats being funded by us working folk who will never see a cent that we put into the system. We’re paying for the debt of the elderly. What about us when we retire? Oh… no safety net, well shit, guess we’re on our own.
Now you may be saying “Oh, the cost of medication is soooo high! Seniors cant afford this on their ‘Fixed Income’!”. One word: Generics. Yes, Generics. Why take Flomax when Hytrin and Cardura have been the mainstay for ages. Why take Levaquin when you can take Keflex or Cipro. Why take Lipitor when Simvastatin is now $5 for 30 tablets. Does someone who is in their 80’s really need that prostate exam? If you find cancer, you cant do chemo or operate, so why waste money? Oh, because its the governments money, not your money.
Nothing pisses me off more than to see this 85 year old woman waltz in with an Rx for Lipitor. Why? Think about it. Why treat someone in their mid 80’s for cholesterol? Whats the point? Hell, I think laws shouldn’t apply to someone in their 80’s. They can get life in prison for shoplifting a 40oz of Mickeys! If they want to do lines off coke off of the thighs of a 13 year old Thai hooker more power to them!
If I ran the world (oh god help us all), Medicare/aid would be mandatory generics (unless there isn’t a generic in that class). These people aren’t paying for their medications, we are; so why should they get expensive trade name drugs for free (or $3) when the people footing the bill have to pay out the ass via their private insurance? Oh, thats right, because they are poor and/or old. They “deserve” this. Right. Play that little violin for your pity party for me.
What gets me even more; is when seniors bitch and moan about Medicare part D and the “Doughnut Hole” when they were paying out of pocket for all of their medications prior to Medicare part D! Oh cry some more! If it wasnt for Medicare part D you’d be out MORE money. Does it ever end? Can I get one person that doesn’t bitch and moan about something?
Wait, it gets better. I had a woman come in complaining and bitching about the cost of her medication. I ask her “Did you sign up with a Part D plan? They would pay for a bit of this”. She had the balls to say “No, I didn’t feel like doing the paperwork, so I didn’t sign up”. So she’s bitching at ME because she was too lazy to sign up for something that would save her money? To hell with her and the horse she rode in on. Then she asked if the prices I gave her included a “senior discount”!@#!@#! My head almost exploded.
So we put up with this shit for what $2 per Rx profit (if we fill a Humana Rx). Gee, thanks Humana, so generous. Oh.. no; I don’t need lube when you are bending my store over to service your “patients” (read: suckers).
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