I do not do personal rants very often, but if you will allow me one tonight, I will do something else silly in return that I don't normally do afterward;
SOOOO... our healthcare system is broken.
But more specifically I went into my primary care doctor who operates out of a local clinic which is in a community center. Is that normal these days? I don't know. But sometimes it's damn convenient because they have a therapist on staff, a dietician on staff, and other doctors. I have had a pretty nasty upper respiratory infection, which has spread to my sinuses and the sinus pressure has blocked my ears. One hurts like a son of a... And the other is so plugged I cannot hear. Every one else has had the upper resp stuff and so I put off the doctor as much as possible, but the ear stuff is scary.
So I go in and see a nurse practitioner, who is younger than I am, very knowledgeable, we strike up conversation about how broken the system is, she is from Alabama and I laud Washington's Medicaid expansion and market system and we have a good talk about the structural deficiencies of the South. She prescribes 3 meds to me. A nasal steroid, Sudafed, and Musinex. Musinex isn't covered, so she has to prescribe an oral suspension version that is. We talk about the difficulties of treating with innane restrictions, communications barriers and 15 minute consultation windows. I ask her to send it to a pharmacy that is with Safeway, I've been using them for nearly a decade, but I'm much closer to a different one now. UcenterDress garments for bridesmaid in color aqua blue
We wrap up, and I'm feeling actually good about seeing the doctor.
2 hours later.
I call the pharmacy, they have no listing of the prescriptions.
I call the clinic. Prescriptions were sent to other Safeway.
Call back the pharmacy, clinic says you have to call other Safeway.
2 hours later.
Go into pharmacy, no prescriptions.
Called other pharmacy, no prescriptions.
I'm in pain, the constant ringing in my ear is driving me insane, and I thought I did everything correctly.
But in some computer system somewhere is a nurse practitioner's prescriptions for me that are probably "pending approval" or something. And so I get to spend a 4th sleepless night listening to the sound of insanity which is such a high pitch that it is only audible to humans with plugged ears or in hell.
Yes, both Sudafed and Musinex are available over the counter, but without the script they are priced out of my budget even at their relatively low price point.
Guess I try again tomorrow.