Tag Archives: medication

Universal Drug Program Dreams

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As someone with a chronic illness, a universal drug plan would significantly improve my quality of life. I’m apparently “not insurable” on my own and since Jay and I are both self employed I can’t piggyback on an employers health plan. Is it fair that I’m expected to dish out hundreds of dollars a month for medications I would die without because I happen to have a disease (that I didn’t cause)?

New research is coming to light that suggests it would SAVE Canada money to implement a universal drug plan.

Canada is the only developed country with universal health insurance coverage that does not also offer universal prescription drug benefits.

About one in 10 Canadians say they can’t afford to take their medications as prescribed, previous studies suggest.

If I couldn’t afford my medications I’d be spending a lot more time in the ER. But it’s not like each ER visit costs the government more than a months worth of medication would. Oh, wait…

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John Oliver on Big Pharma

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I have been the victim of over-medication before so I’m glad the system is (slowly) becoming more transparent.

It’s a complicated issue, but I think John Oliver does a pretty good job covering it.

As a somewhat amusing side note, take a look at the Advair sales meeting at the 3 minute mark. Does anyone else think it’s ironic that they are spewing so much smoke into the air at an event to promote a drug for asthmatics?

 

PseudoBulbar Affect- An Ad That Raises More Questions Than It Answers

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A couple of months ago I was working at my desk when I saw this on TV:

I hate to say it, but I thought it was a joke. Perhaps it was because I had just been watching something humerous and it’s about a subject that I’d never heard about before, but I didn’t take it seriously. At first I thought it was an SNL skit; by the end of the commercial I was just confused. I actually had to google the disorder to figure out if I should laugh or learn.

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Father Doesn’t Always Know Best

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When you are young you think your parents are infallible. You look to them to tell you right from wrong and depend on them to lead you down the right path. Even as we age, and we start to realize that our parents are human, we still value their opinion over almost anyone else. It’s a hard notion to shake. But sometimes our parents are wrong.

When I was in university my father began to change. He gradually went from attentive, involved, and nurturing to distant, ambivalent, and mean. I can’t tell you exactly what happened, but I know it had something to do with the fact that my dad was having a hard time figuring out the whole “dating thing” after years of being alone. He began to act like a teenager: he didn’t tell us where he was going, he was always forgetting to get groceries, and he didn’t seem interested in his children.

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