Snapshot a Day (06/19)

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Snapshot a Day (06/19)

Hurry up Friday! It's almost here!

I hope you guys will distract me with lots of snaps today to help me pull through until Friday gets here. Biggrin

Take care everyone!

GiGi

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Not much of a shot, but no energy here. This just makes me feel blessed. People are complaining about our gov't and everything, because of the teacher's strike. I definitely support the teachers. But our gov't gives us a lot, too, and it's easy to lose sight of that in the middle of labour tensions.

Anyway. Not to get political. But this is what our tax dollars do for us here in British Columbia: allow people like me with significant health issues to afford otherwise unaffordable medication. With a $1500+ monthly bill for just ONE of my meds, it's a big, big deal.

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I love it, Tracy! We should ALL count our blessings like this more often. Maybe then some of the political strife would be easier to work through.

TFS,
GiGi

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What a blessing! That is great Tracy!

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Lucky you Tracy, in Ontario drugs are heavily subsidized but not free. My treatments for my Dystonia are close to $1800 every three months before my private insurance (which thankfully pays 90%) because the drugs can be used for cosmetic purposes, I'm also on a oral medication which costs me next to nothing, I think about $5 a month (most of which is the pharmacy processing fee).

I am happy to have the medicare, because I couldn't imagine what it would cost to go to one of the worlds top movement disorder specialists without it.

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It's not actually free. Between us and DH's extended medical, we pay full cost (about $1600/month total for my medications) till about mid-March. Then the cost starts dwindling. PharmaCare kicks in, and gradually picks up more of the cost, until we reach a certain point where PharmaCare pays the rest for the remainder of the year. That usually happens around mid-May. (Mind you, now DH has gotten a raise, so next year it will be different, as it's salary-dependent.)

Also, I had to get special 'authority' (their word) from PharmaCare to taken Enbrel at all, or it would not be covered. A bunch of paperwork every year. But it's worth it.

The dystonia issue is unfortunately different for you because the drugs can be used for cosmetic reasons, but since they are a standard treatment for a non-cosmetic issue, it seems odd your doctor couldn't appeal to medicare on your behalf, and do the paperwork for the special authorization for you to use it for non-cosmetic reasons. OTOH, I know some drugs here are not listed as 'allowable' for certain conditions (i.e. Enbrel used to only be covered for rheumatoid arthritis, not psoriatic arthritis as I have), so that may be the issue for you in Ontario. Sad