Friday, July 24, 2009

Pharmacy Friday

I can't believe it's already friday again and time for another edition of Pharmacy Friday. Unfortunately I haven't gotten too many questions this week so I thought I'd pose one of my own.

I'd like to know how you feel about the Healthcare Reform Bill. What do you think needs to be included? What should be left out? Who should be responsible for shouldering the enormous cost? Do you think a single payer system would be better? From talking to people it appears that no one really has all the facts, myself included.

If you have experience of other countries healthcare systems, how do they compare with the US? what are the pros and cons? How do the healthcare professionals feel about the system?

Also, for those of you who don't follow me on Twitter (and why is that??), here is the highlight of my day. These guys always make me laugh. Today I laughed so hard my abs were hurting and I almost peed (I know, TMI, but it sure was funny). Luckily we were slow so I had time to compose myself.


Looking forward to hearing your thoughts...

13 comments:

otin said...

The one guy looks like Billy Mays! My Question: Why does it take 30 minutes to get a prescription filled, if there is no one else in the store, and it is a simple drug like pen vk or something?

Esmerelda said...

Hmm. As a type 1 diabetic, I'm all for an "equal" healthcare system - one where if I lose my job, I won't necessarily lose my home/ life from the $3k in medical supplies/ prescriptions per month. I mean, as sucky as my life can get, its the only one I have at the moment and I rather enjoy it. This new bill has me all bamboozled and confounded though. I think I'd need a degree in politicospeak to figure out all the details...

is it just me (and me and me), or is my comment complete rubbish?

kristine said...

you never answered my question about homeopathy! Or perhaps you did and I rudely ignored it. This is possible and if so I apologise. I wanted to know if you think its
complete nonsense.

re healthcare, I am a norwegian and hence a rather predictable socialist, but i tend to think its got to be cheaper to take care of everyone before they get sick, than have to perform emergency heart surgery on people who have never been exposed to preventative health care...incidentally we do pay in norway. just not very much. and also, people still complain. i think people everywhere complain about health care. always. (i am not really a socialist. but its all relative isnt it?)

rxBambi said...

Otin: this one for next week...

Esm: I'd say it's not rubbish at all and this is the type of comment I'm looking for. I assume you pay hella-high premiums for insurance being a diabetic (pre-existing conditions etc). I think the bill will omit those types of things. But again I'm as bamboozled as you...

Kristine: I TOTALLY SUCK SO MUCH!!! I am so sorry. I have no idea how I missed it. You have my permission to whip me with a wet noodle if we ever meet at blog camp. Deal?
Would you like for me to email you or put it in next weeks edition?
And again, I'm really sorry, and it is a GREAT question, I don't know how I missed it.

Hit 40 said...

Sorry I do not twitter. I can not imagine adding this new piece of tech to my life. Blogging is good for now.

On the healthcare reform.... we need to do something. Medical costs are just crazy. But, lawyers also are a little pricey? Can we also regulate the price of a divorce for people???

kristine said...

oh you are so sweet - sorry if i made you feel bad!! It doesnt matter at all, lets wait until next friday! I AM curious though...I tried it once because i had terrible excema (sp??) and I was trying EVERYthing....it made absolutely no difference. So personally i am not a fan.

kristine said...

ps i hope we do meet at a blog camp somewhere. (there will be no noodle whipping)

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I agree with Hit 40 - we need to do something. Not sure the Reform Bill is that 'something' that needs to be done because it seems a bit one-sided to me.

Health care costs have been increasing at alarming rates - every year my hubby gets a decent raise, and every year our health benefit costs increase the exact same amount. So it's a little frustrating - when he's looking forward to a 10% pay increase, it's interesting how that particular year the health insurance also went up 10%. On a 4% raise one year, health insurance went up 4%. So bizarre!

And yeah, I haven't read through the Reform bill...even though I really need to get more sleep...so my comment will probably make no sense whatsoever. ;)

Quint said...

Arrrgh! What have you got for this scratch in my throat?

Kitty said...

Bambi, Thanks for stopping by O.O. I have a Pharm Friday question: chemically, what are parabens, and can they actually promote endocrine disruption? Do you think they're bad news? Do you think the chemicals in our skin care products should be labeled as drugs? Thanks! kitty.

McGillicutty said...

OK here's my question... if you have allergic reactions to penicillin will it always be the case or do you think you can grow out of it? I'm allergic but that was determined about 15 years ago..haven't risked it since? Also, it is ok it wear chucks if you're short and fat?
p.s. to join in with Corner View head over to Jane and just ask her, tell her you want to be cool like your trendsetter friend Ali.
pps... went really blond today!!! WWahaaahhaaa

Medora said...

I don't believe the government should have anything to do with it - I'm a Federalist and sticking to it!

Large child on a variety of meds for his wisdom teeth surgery - my cabinet looks like Rite Aid!

Eternally Distracted said...

I have no knowledge of the US as am from the UK. In the UK my personal experiences of any kind of health care has been waiting, waiting and more waiting. Sure, most things come for free but if you are sick you don't necessarily want to wait for three weeks to see a doctor. I live in the Middle East where you can get ANYTHING you want, whenever you want at a quarter of the price.