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in the good news department, the nice lady at the pharmacy this morning called the clinic--after I had asked to pay out of pocket for a week's worth of meds--and asked them to renew my coverage please and they did.

after I had asked them twice they finally did it for someone with some sort of credentials or something I guess. it wasn't a pharmacist but a clerk but whatever so tomorrow I will have meds and hopefully they will be covered as usual.

I did not want to wait till 9 tonight to pick them up which is when they'll be ready. this place may be nice but they are very very very slow. I have a feeling they are trying to do their jobs for almost no money and under conditions of serious understaffing. welcome to capitalist public health care.

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daisydumont
May. 11th, 2006 12:09 am (UTC)
good! i'm glad she was able to get some action going on your behalf. hope they do cover the cost.
eriktrips
May. 11th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
if they don't I'm just going to point out that they have for eight years. but things change. if all else fails I will start purchasing them on a weekly basis and get what is left of my student insurance to pay through july--their maximum benefit is so low and my meds so expensive that that is about as long as coverage would last anyway. that's why I get them covered through the community health network.

after that, grey market is always a possibility. I have some connections.
fu_le_bear
May. 11th, 2006 02:30 am (UTC)
I think the ratio is more like 1 in 50.
eriktrips
May. 11th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
it might depend on the agency in question. at school I'd say that ratio is about right, but in the sf public health system, the chances of interacting with a decent human are actually relatively good.
fu_le_bear
May. 11th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
"sf public health system"
That surprises me since the need is so great.
eriktrips
May. 11th, 2006 03:28 am (UTC)
I swear most of the employees there are saints. or perhaps it only seems that way to me because they are relieved to talk to someone who is coherent and not desperate.

the underserved and transient population is put through so much bullshit that as a group they tend not to have much patience for the run-around. I don't blame them, but sometimes they yell at everyone indescriminately. if I were the target of frustration all day I don't know how kind I would be but both sides put up with a lot.
fu_le_bear
May. 11th, 2006 03:53 am (UTC)
Yes, I was one of that horde once. There's a whole class sytem within that horde as well. I remember once that I was out by an industrial area where cooks from ships came by once in a while and gave away food from the back of their trucks. It was mostly large canisters and flats of pastries. Because I am/was small I didn't get a fucking thing since the larger fellows were fighting for everything handed down. I remember being spare-changed too...even though I was obviously homeless. A lot of folks have serious illnesses...I think some of the yelling and desperation comes out because of that.

There's more details that you might find interesting but your lj isn't the place for them.
ticktockmary
May. 11th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
I love it when that happens. You just want to cry and/or give the person a big hug and say "thank you SO much." But of course then you'd scare them...
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