A new year means insurance copays and deductibles skyrocket to the realms only the super-rich can afford. My favorite copay so far was $275 for a 30-count bottle of Truvada.
For those of you who don't know, Truvada is used to treat HIV and AIDS. It is a critical component in a multi-drug cocktail necessary for many patients to keep viral loads at manageable levels.
The patient was shocked. In December the copay was $25. Hmmmm, simple computer error or insurance conspiracy cooked up by religious groups to kill AIDS patients....I wonder....
Nah, that would be too simple. It has to be a "cost saving" measure so the insurance company can stay in business and afford their lobbyists and under-the-table deals with Big Pharma.
I don't care how expensive it is (>$1000/bottle). It is for a life-threatening illness! The other thing that really r-e-a-l-l-y pisses me off is that in other countries (the ones without excruciatingly long patent standards) people are already able to get generic versions of many HIV/AIDS treatments along with a slew of other "still branded in America" drugs.
Thanks for f**king us all America!