I was at the pharmacy today picking up some goods. We indicated to the pharmacy tech our cash paying status. The nice lady behind the counter explained that the drug company had a discount plan for cash paying customers that do not submit a claim to their insurance company. We had to promise not to submit the claim and not to sell the medication on the internet for which we obliged. Then we had a seat and waited.
In the next 30 minutes I had the opportunity to listen to several customers blow up in a fit of rage about why their insurance company wasn’t covering this or that. I heard one guy arguing about whether papers from the doctor’s office were faxed or not, why they didn’t get them and what they want him to do about it. I also heard some old lady yell at the pharmacy tech because they wouldn’t bill Medicare for the medication while mom was living in a facility receiving money from Medicare.
Then our names were called. We paid our bill and left with a thank you. All smiles.
I learned one great thing today. Insurance has the incredible ability to conquer and divide people who would otherwise be friendly neighbors. How pathetic is that.
*This blog post was originally published at A Happy Hospitalist*