How do people without insurance survive? I mean, I know that this sounds terribly naive, but I guess I am...selfish in that I've never put a ton of thought into what it would be like to not have it. I believe everyone should have access to it, and I'm glad to see we're trying to finally do something about it in America. I'm very lucky in that I haven't been in that position since I graduated from college.
But tonight, I think I got my first real sense of it. I picked up my new meds tonight, and, with my insurance, I paid $107. Without insurance, it would've been $969!!!!! That means that every pill I take costs $15, which is STAGGERING. That's an awful choice that some people have to make....take meds and go into unrecoverable debt, or don't take meds and have your condition possibly/probably get worse.
I'm glad that I've never been in that position, but I thought I might be with this new medication. It's not FDA approved for my disease, and sometimes insurance companies won't cover that, but thankfully they are. Can you imagine? I mean, if this works, I'll be on it for at least 18 months.....that's $18,000!!!! Holy. Shit.