On Ars Technica, there is an article Dubious $56,000 Alzheimer’s drug spurs largest Medicare price hike ever. I wrote this comment after reading the article and a lot of the comments which followed it:
Auguste_Fivaz Ars Centurion et Subscriptor
Nov 15, 2021 9:05 PM
I’m on medicare part B with a gap policy. I also have severe Rheumatoid arthritis. My doctors have been recommending a form of treatment for RA called biologics – you have seen the ads on TV for psoriasis for some of these drugs, painting a pretty picture of people overcoming all kinds of things when their skin clears up or playing with their grandkids because they can walk again.
Last week, the rheumatologist and I had a heart to heart about the real costs of say Humiria if I got a Rx plan (part D) via Medicare. That + part B + medi-gap, he guessed, would cost me about $8,000 per year out of pocket after all my insurance paid their parts.
The drug package was pretty neat, kind of like unboxing a Nvidia GTX 3080, but inside you have a self injecting pump along with all the fancy cardboard and high quality literature. I would get one of these every week until I die or there are complications. If I start this, I can not get an infection, a pleasing thought in times like this.
Yes, I am on a strong DMARD now but it has stopped working as well as it should. I need to do this drug or something similar or I lose 10 years of life if I continue without it, just one of many downsides to RA.
I am morally against buying this. It isn’t even the cost, it is principle of using insurance to rip me and the government off and giving these leaches one fucking cent. I can ask the VA to supply this drug at a substantial savings to me and I am actually thinking NO, FUCK THEM.
But, the consequences of taking a moral stand are real. Alternatives are to ask Canada to take us in, not a real option, I’ve not heard of a drug-pricing asylum status for elderly Americans.