| April 9, 2006
Ironic: By covering certain cancer drugs in Medical Part D, it has made them more expensive for patients.
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cool…that’s what these animals deserve; I hope the cancer infiltrates their whole body, then they won’t have time to think about suing their physicians…
Do you not know that people are sick to death of your repetitive, discussing remarks? You are driving people away from here, because we have heard your ramblings so much that they are sickening!
Why don’t you grow up and begin to act like an adult.Do you know how to do that?
She gets $4,000 a month in benefits, and can’t afford a $3,600 ($300/month) deductible. There is something drastically wrong.
If I could get $4,000 per month I wouldn’t have any trouble.
Anon 12:02 – I had the same reaction. If she’s raising her grandchildren, I can understand if you couldn’t afford it, but she’d then likely be eligible for charitable assistance. I take home half that amount, pay for my own high deductible insurance, and last year paid out about $2,300 in out of pocket medical expenses. It’s very tight, but definitely possible, with budgeting.
Anons at 12:02 & 7:31, I was wondering about the same thing.$4000 a month is $48000 a year. It is close to the median income of a US family, I believe. But.. An average family has a couple of kids, mortgage, and other expenses such as higher gas mileage to go to/from work, clothes to wear at work, etc. By the time you are retired your mortgage is usually paid. As far as retirement income goes $4000 a month seems pretty high.
So unless she lives in an expensive assisted living community or something similar, she isn’t exactly poor. I’d imagine the author of the article should’ve come up with a better example.
I live near Philadelphia, and Yeadon (where the person in the article lives) is a simple middle class neighborhood. It’s not a place where a home would cost that much.
The NY Times article says that this person is carrying a lot of credit card debt, which would explain why she doesn’t have the cash on hand to pay $1200 for the drug. Apparently, though, she doesn’t realize that after 3 months, she’ll reach the $3600 out-of-pocket limit that Medicare sets, at which point Medicare will pick up about 95% of all her drugs costs for the rest of the year.
I imagine she thought that she would still be able to get the expensive cancer drug for a low cost through Medicare. Perhaps with the seriousness of her illness, she’s not able to understand all the complicated details of these Medicare drug plans.
Still, it’s hard to feel bad for a person who has $48,000 in income, but can’t come up with $3600 per year cash for their drug costs.
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