Eat or Buy Medicine... should they really have to choose???
Today, I write about a subject that is not only close to the heart beat of the world, it is as close as my own family. It is a subject that has been used in political rally's and the lies and false promises of every politician that has run for office. And sadly, it is becoming the demise of those that built our country and most other countries revere as our most precious gems. To anyone that has family members that are well into their "golden" years, the discovery of issues not so "Golden" are becoming a reality.
I am talking about not just "health care" as a generic, but more deeply, about prescription drugs. for many of our elderly, they are the very means to have them with us for a long lifetime. That is a blessing, in and of itself. The truth is though, for so many of our elderly community, prescriptions are becoming so expensive that they are out of reach for our loved ones. Choices are having to be made that should NEVER have to be made by our loved ones. The choice of how much to spend on food and how much to use for medicines is to this writer, an appalling question to even be asked.
I have both my parents still living. I am thankful for that each and every day. At 80 years old, they should not have to struggle to survive. Certainly, they have their kids to help them but two things happen as they receive that help. The first being that families, trying to support their own children and homes, in an economy that seems determined to take and take and not give back, are found juggling their own finances around to try and do what they can for their parents. Secondly, the very loved ones we are trying to help are left feeling as if they are a burden now. All of the assurances that they are Not a burden fall on deaf ears.
Company's that promise they Can help your loved ones with their prescriptions have set up such a strict and tight "you qualify if" list, most do Not qualify. Pharmaceutical company's, making billions of dollars every minute of the day, seem blind to the issues of our elderly. I watch monies going to CEOs and multi-V.P.'s that could finance the prescriptions of 1000 elderly for a year or two, but these same company's offer very little to make the medications affordable. Though a bit off the road, I view this as the same as the government taxing cigarettes over and over, possibly making the very means of their fabulous revenue no longer affordable and wondering if they know they are cutting their own throats. The same can be asked of the pharmaceutical company's. If they out-price the medications and people no longer can buy them, Hmmmmm???
I have spent hours and hours searching for programs to help my parents with their medications. I have filled out paper-work and talked to so many on the phone, I can barely remember who I have and have not spoken with. As a reward for my time??? Nothing, zero and zip! We brag about a world that is so filled with riches and yet our elderly suffer each day. They eat a little less so they can live long enough too eat. Bring me a true program, Not some lie, that will really reach out to our elderly and help them obtain the medications they need, and me and several million people will vote for you, support you and even do what we can to help you reach that promise.
Weary am I and millions others, of trying to find ways to help our loved ones. I'll add to this by saying to the billionaire's of this world, so you gave away eye-liner and Gucci bags. You placed a car under everyone in your audiences seat. You gave millions to help save the cats or dogs of this world. I tip my hat to you. But, I would Give you my hat and gloves and coat if you would take a moment and reach out to our elderly. A little bit would go a long ways. Add one dollar to my taxes every month. I am O.K. with that as long as you take that multi-million dollar revenue and put it towards our elderly's prescriptions. Seriously, if I got 1.00 dollar from 1/4 of the people that read these hubs, I could finance my parent's medications for the rest of their lives. Imagine that!!!!!!!!!!!
What say you, World???? Does this give you food for fodder?? I sure hope it does.