Today I filled a new insulin prescription and for the first time used Eric’s new Anthem card. Get this: a supply of Humalog that should last us for the better part of six months cost me $9.00.
The prescription was for insulin pen refills, which our clinic gave us (even though we don’t use a pen) because we told her we didn’t want to waste so much insulin. We throw away almost 8 mL each month with the 10 mL bottle, and the waste was upsetting to us. We can still mix diluted insulin out of the smaller 3 mL vials no problem, so she prescribed what would be a 75-day supply for an adult–it will last us considerably longer. I have no idea how much this would cost us if not for the insurance but with it, we paid less than $10 to see us through almost till Eric’s third birthday.
While I’m delighted by this savings–and SO relieved that the weight has been lifted from my pocketbook–there is a part of me that is outraged on behalf of the people who lack insurance and have to pay through the nose for insulin and supplies. There but for the grace of my employer went I, not ten days ago. It just isn’t right that healthcare and necessary, life-saving drugs should be the purview of the lucky few who have decent insurance policies.