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Life-saving drug costs have soared. Santa Clara County thinks it has a solution.

Original post made on Jan 31, 2020

Three life-saving drugs costing hundreds of dollars a month could potentially be subsidized to patients in Santa Clara County under a proposal the Board of Supervisors supported on Tuesday.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2020 at 3:22 pm

My copay for my asthma inhaler under an expensive medicare advantage plan, subsidized by my former employer ($260 a month) has increased from $30 to $90 for a 90 day supply this year. That is still far below the actual cost but I still cannot explain it. The primary ingredient has been generic for many years - the cost is related to the propellant and the method that the inhaler uses. which is why the product itself is not considered a generic.

I would prefer to see California manufacture the 3 drugs above directly to reduce the cost to consumers while probably making some money for the state.

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Posted by EdwardBranca
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 23, 2020 at 12:09 pm

I don't pay anything for the many medications that I must take and I don't pay anything for my other healthcare. This is because I have Medicaid. I have many medical conditions, so I must see doctors about once a week. I was hospitalized three times in 2019. I am 69 years old and I have been disabled for my entire life.

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Posted by Free Healthcare Is A RIGHT
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 25, 2020 at 8:53 am

Medicaid and/or Medicare for all American citizens regardless of age & income levels!

Registered non-American citizens should also be able to seek medical treatment & services but through the county health/hospital system.

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Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 27, 2020 at 7:13 am

Reference to Medicare - It is paid for as an extension of the Social Security System. Workers have FICA deducted from their paychecks which is matched by their employers. How much SSN and Medicare benefits you get are derived from how much you have paid into the system during your working years and the point at which you claim the benefit. Medicare is deducted from the SSN monthly payment for retired people. That is why you see articles about the difference between retiring at 65 vs older - 72 years. The payments you receive are larger if you wait. Medicaid is a different animal - they will come back for that money eventually out of your estate.

Arguing that everyone is entitled to Medicare is a concept argument that does not deal with the actual basis of how the whole system works. If you did not pay into the system to begin with then why are you entitled to the benefits? There is a total disconnect between talking about a program vs understanding how the program works. Is everyone who goes to a job every day and has FICA deducted from their paycheck required to float the whole boat for people who do not work and do not pay into the system? Deal with that disconnect since the whole system now is very specific as to how it is paid out to people with a SSN who have paid into the system.
Drug costs for retired people who have plans are seeing the cost of those drugs increasing so that the co-pays are increasing. Despite a deduction from the SSN check and an additional plan that people are paying for is still not meeting the increasing costs of drugs. However "generic" drugs are proving to be a problem since the quality control on generic drugs which are typically produced in a foreign country may be lax. And the additional parts of the drug which allows it to be compressed into a pill form or some other form of delivery may be faulty.

I have had that discussion with my doctor at the PAMC who recognizes that the quality control issues relative to generic drugs can be faulty. This is not a topic that can be dealt with on the cheap.

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