Wednesday, April 9, 2014

I've told my son's healthcare story, now here's mine.

I have a kidney disease that I was diagnosed with when I was 17. It has always been easily manageable as all I've had to do is take blood pressure medicine.

But last summer, I got incredibly painful gouty arthritis in my feet and ankles caused by uric acid build up related to my kidney disease. At age 31, you can imagine how badly my ego was bruised when I had to use a cane to walk and was even on crutches for 2 weeks.

I went to see my primary care physician for help ($40 copay). She prescribed the only medication on the market that would lower my uric acid levels and give me back my mobility. I took the prescription to my pharmacy to have it filled and found out that my insurance would not cover it. They suggested another medication (that they also didn't cover) that would cost less but wouldn't even help in my situation (talk about getting between me and my doctor!). To get the drug that would actually help me walk again, the pharmacy told me that I would have to pay out of pocket for it which was $400 per month!