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Obamacare's tough on dogs, too
The Community Advocate ^ | 5/12 | sherman

Posted on 05/09/2013 6:46:58 AM PDT by pabianice

My dog, Elkie, recently suffered a stroke. While she was recovering, she developed an infection of her digestive track. My veterinarian prescribed an oral antibiotic. She called the local CVS drug store and ordered it.

My wife and I are customers of this CVS store and get our prescriptions there through Medicare and Tricare, the latter the military retiree plan.

I went to pick-up the medicine, to find it had to be prepared by another pharmacy and then sent to CVS. I was told to come back later in the day. Because I had already made one trip, I called ahead the second time to make sure all was ready.

It was not. Under Massachusetts’ Universal Health Care Mandate, house pets and farm animals are also sucked into this system. There is no differentiation made between people and dogs.

I called the CVS and asked if the medicine was ready.

ME: “Hi. I’m calling to see if a prescription is ready.”

Technician: “What is the name?”

ME: “Elkie Sherman”

Tech: Is that the first or last name?”

ME: It’s the whole name.”

Tech: “What is the last name, please?”

ME: Sherman

Tech: “What is the first name?”

ME: “Elkie. It’s a veterinary prescription.”

Tech: “Is Elkie you or your wife?”

ME: “It’s my dog.”

Tech: “What is the prescription name?”

ME: “I don’t know. My vet called it in.”

Tech: “And what is the patient’s name? It’s not in the system. It has to be in the system.”

ME: “It’s not in the system because she’s a dog. She has no health insurance.”

Tech: “What is the name?”

ME: “Elkie. She’s an Elkhound.”

Tech: “What is the address?”

ME: “Mine. She’s a dog. She doesn’t have her own place.”

Tech: “What is the date of birth?”

ME: “My birth or the dog’s?”

Tech: “The dog’s.”

ME: “1997.”

Tech: “I need a day and month.”

ME: “She’s a dog. I don’t know.”

Tech: “I have to have a day and month to give you the medicine.”

ME: “I don’t know the day and month. When we adopted her the vet said her teeth suggested that she was three. That was in 2000.”

Tech: “Is this a dental prescription?”

ME: “No! Her teeth are fine. It’s for her digestive system.”

Tech: “This is an antibiotic for her digestive system? I still need her day and month of birth.”

ME: (getting very aggravated) “I don’t know!”

Tech: “Can I enter 1-1?”

ME: “Fine!”

Tech: “Good. Jan 1, 1997. The new state insurance system won’t let us issue a prescription without the patient’s birthday. Does she have any insurance?”

ME: “NO! SHE’S A DOG!”

Tech: “I have to ask. The system demands it before we can issue a prescription.”

ME: “When will it be ready?”

Tech: “As soon as you get here.”

ME: “Fine. Thanks.”

Fifteen minutes later I arrived at the CVS and approached the pharmacy.

ME: “My name is Sherman. I have a prescription ready.”

Tech: “Let me check.”

Several minutes later she approached the desk with a yellow slip.

Tech: “I’m sorry. We have to have more information before we can give you the prescription.”

ME: (NOT in the best of moods and wanting to leap over the counter at this point) “What now? You had me on the phone for 20 minutes before I came here.”

Tech: “The system won’t let us issue a prescription without the patient’s day of birth. It’s a requirement of the new system.”

ME: (realizing that you actually CAN see red) “You have all that. I gave it over the phone.”

Tech: “Let me check.”

This was followed by five minutes worth of the technician talking to two other techs and the pharmacist.

Tech: “It has to come from another pharmacy.”

ME: “It DID come. You told me so.”

Tech: “Let me check the system for that.”

I then clutched the edge of the counter so hard my hands turned white.

“Tech: “I have it here. That’ll be one million dollars” (a slight exaggeration, but not much).

ME: (Anger turning to light-headedness) “Fine.”

I paid and left.

I had to put my doggie down some days later, but want to thank all those politicians who want to stick us with such a national, government run, healthcare system, a system so clumsy and infuriating that it lets us know RIGHT NOW what a total disaster it’s going to be on a national level.

Elkie would have been disgusted.

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1 posted on 05/09/2013 6:46:58 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

I just won’t through this at a national chain for kitty meds.

I even showed pictures of said kitty from my iPhone to pharmacist to prove it was for a kitty and not a human child.

I guess now we will need canine/feline birth certificates to get meds for our critters


2 posted on 05/09/2013 6:53:40 AM PDT by Gefn (More Cowbell please)
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To: Joe 6-pack

for the ping list.


3 posted on 05/09/2013 6:55:07 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: Gefn
I guess now we will need canine/feline birth certificates to get meds for our critters

You could always run them for national office if they don't.

4 posted on 05/09/2013 6:56:35 AM PDT by verga (A nation divided by Zero!)
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To: pabianice

The collective shouldn’t pay for pet care expenses. I’m disappointed but not surprised that it does.


5 posted on 05/09/2013 6:57:31 AM PDT by DManA
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To: pabianice

I went to COSTCO and got the cat’s medication no problem but,
I am not under the socialist Romney care in Mass.
Where do I live? Freekin socialist Commiefornia.
I suppose it’s all a matter of time.


6 posted on 05/09/2013 6:57:49 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: pabianice

I went to COSTCO and got the cat’s medication no problem but,
I am not under the socialist Romney care in Mass.
Where do I live? Freekin socialist Commiefornia.
I suppose it’s all a matter of time.


7 posted on 05/09/2013 6:57:49 AM PDT by peteyd (A dog may bite you in the ass,but it will never stab you in the back.)
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To: pabianice

Just make up a birthday!


8 posted on 05/09/2013 7:02:35 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: pabianice
Sad story, May Elkie chase as many elk as she wants, in heaven.

We always get our pet meds from the vet. Our vet is very reasonable with pricing. Our dogs go home with the meds they need. Sometimes they are given a shot while still at the vet office and then sent home with pills or liquids.

If you have other animals, I think you need a new vet.

9 posted on 05/09/2013 7:03:13 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: faucetman

“We always get our pet meds from the vet. Our vet is very reasonable with pricing. Our dogs go home with the meds they need.”
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Same here. I love our vet, she’s fantastic!


10 posted on 05/09/2013 7:12:21 AM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: pabianice

We have to pick up prescriptions for my MIL who is in assisted living. They treat us like we’re drug addicts looking to steal drugs.


11 posted on 05/09/2013 7:25:28 AM PDT by tiki
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To: pabianice

That conversation is a fine example of what behavioral scientists such as John D. Steinbruner call “grooved thinking,” the inability to think outside of standard operating procedures, which is especially prevalent among bureaucrats.


12 posted on 05/09/2013 9:55:24 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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13 posted on 05/09/2013 3:01:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: DManA

My Cairn Terrier is diabetic. We get his Humulin at CVS and pay full price. It has jumped from around $90 to $110 dollars per bottle. (Thank goodness it lasts him about two months). The needles and alcohol preps are also paid out of pocket.


14 posted on 05/09/2013 3:08:36 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Joe 6-pack

Islamists consider dogs to be “impure” and shun them.


15 posted on 05/09/2013 5:01:40 PM PDT by N-R-T (not really trying)
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To: DManA
The collective shouldn’t pay for pet care expenses. I’m disappointed but not surprised that it does.

Where did you get that in the article? I have pet meds filled at CVS and pay full price.

16 posted on 05/09/2013 5:11:51 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama
From this line. Maybe I misinterpreted it.

My wife and I are customers of this CVS store and get our prescriptions there through Medicare and Tricare, the latter the military retiree plan.

17 posted on 05/09/2013 5:18:03 PM PDT by DManA
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To: faucetman
We always get our pet meds from the vet.

I've almost always gotten meds from my vet until my dogs have come down with old age/chronic problems. Vets are small businesses. They can't invest a lot of capital into drugs that have an expiration date. Common drugs like antibiotics, prednisone, etc. can be bought in bulk and shelved. Glaucoma medicine, probably not as much demand. It doesn't make them a bad vet because they can't warehouse rarely used drugs. The problem is not at the vet's office.

18 posted on 05/09/2013 5:23:08 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama

Is it possible the pharmacy thought the prescription was for them? Just wondering.


19 posted on 05/09/2013 5:24:18 PM PDT by DManA
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To: PistolPaknMama

My wife’s sister’s dog got histoplasmosis and needed a frighfully expensive drug. My wife, a PA was able to get it for them for about half the price of the vet.

I don’t quite remember the details but it was all above board.


20 posted on 05/09/2013 5:30:01 PM PDT by DManA
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To: DManA

Oh, without SS numbers the varmints won’t qualify for medicare or tricare. Some democrats probably pull this off, but I don’t think this guy was trying that.


21 posted on 05/09/2013 5:31:39 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: PistolPaknMama

Didn’t mean to imply the people were trying a scam. I’m wondering if the pharmacy got confused.


22 posted on 05/09/2013 5:33:21 PM PDT by DManA
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To: momtothree

Have you checked the price of Humulin at Walmart? It Is a lot cheaper than CVS.


23 posted on 05/09/2013 5:39:16 PM PDT by Ray54
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To: pabianice

So sorry for your loss.


24 posted on 05/09/2013 5:53:09 PM PDT by tob2
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To: Ray54

“Have you checked the price of Humulin at Walmart?”

I haven’t but I will now. As soon as he was diagnosed, I went to the pharmacy that we use and is very close to home. Now that he has stabilized (and to be honest.. I am now very comfortable with giving the injections), I will definitely call. The Walmart closest to us is about 30 minutes away but if there is decent savings... I will go. Thanks for the advice, Ray. My checkbook thanks you, too. Hugs, Mom


25 posted on 05/10/2013 3:19:48 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: momtothree

We have a mini schnauzer that was diagnosed three years ago. She is 9 years old now. She weighs 10 pounds and gets 11 units twice a day. We buy the 10ml bottle at Walmart for around 25 bucks. Every other pharmacy that we have checked is around 100 bucks. We are in Kansas, but I don’t see why it would be different at any other Walmart.


26 posted on 05/10/2013 4:16:21 AM PDT by Ray54
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