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Eat or Buy Medicine... should they really have to choose???

Updated on May 24, 2011

 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.   

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      Bob Maelo 

      6 years ago

      Well guys for me living in Norcross G.A medication is very expensive and plus i hate taking medication. I came across to a fitness center and believe me guys i just spend the amount there and no medication. Im all fit and healthy all thanks to the fitness center i don't have to take any medications now. Have a look at it!!!

      http://fitnesstri.com/

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      Darrel Day 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      isnt it sad that we cant simply be happy with what we have??? greed will always win out, I am afraid. Mean-while, my parents have to depend on us, which is very hard for my father. He knows we give willingly from our hearts but also feels we could be putting the money elsewhere. What a sad situation.

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      Gimme A Dream 

      7 years ago from Magdalen Islands

      Medicare is one of the very few things good about our government, unfortunately. I don't mind the taxes for that but I resent that it takes a whole league of administrators, service personal, technicians, bullies, and people we don't even know about, that we have to pay for. We too are a greedy country, Darrel.

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      Darrel Day 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      thank you for reading my dear lady... as you know, I lived in Canada for many years and remember the days of no bills. I wonder if Canada and Britain can maintain, why one of our "Scholarly" people in charge doesn't have a peek at the same thing. Hmmmmm??? Ohhhhhhhhhhh that's right, no money in it for them..................................

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      Gimme A Dream 

      7 years ago from Magdalen Islands

      Being a Canadian with medicare readily available, I guess I have no real answer.

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      Darrel Day 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      A fabulous response that I thank you for. It is an on-going issue and effects far more people than we would care to believe. Thnk you for taking time to read this and for your wonderful comment.

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      fatgrammy 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Bravo! This is a huge problem and the old saying about elderly eating cat food to survive probably happens more than we want to know. The drug rep's give away tons of samples to doctors in the hopes that they will prescribe these meds to their patients. Why can't they do the same for the elderly. Start some kind of program where so many batches of med's made would be donated. Yes I would pay extra taxes for that.

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