No Laughing Matter!!!
Check this out. What you will see is a summary of the transcript of a physician/patient dialogue during the course of one oncology office visit. In it, you will see the doctor and the patient banter back and forth about the goofy costs of medications, and how the “retail price” of drugs is virtually irrelevant to the amount that will be reimbursed by the insurance company.
Read this quickly. In terms of real information, there’s not a heck of a lot that is new here.
BUT. What I found distressing was the tone of the dialogue. Doctor and patient laughing together about the stupid costs of health care.
Bottom Line. As the author of this piece rightfully observes, the unfortunate reality of this exchange is that the doctor, the representative of the healthcare community in the eyes of the patient, is making every part of that community the butt of his jokes. However justified it is to make healthcare pricing a laughingstock, there is a very unfortunate result.
Trust, in pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, the whole healthcare system, gets destroyed a little bit every time conversations like this one occur.
In addition to the medications, I think that this is one more thing we can’t afford!