by Michael C. Huntington, M.D., MidValley Health Care Advocates, Corvallis
Oct. 1, 2014 for the Gazette Times
Yesterday I tried not to notice what was happening to the young couple at a pharmacy check-out counter.
The transaction had already taken 10 minutes and a line was developing behind me.
The couple was exchanging surprised and worried glances, talking earnestly. Hesitantly, they paid for the medicine.
This OSU student and her husband agreed to talk with me later. A doctor had prescribed two topical dermatologic gels.
They had been charged $562 for a three-month supply of a brand name gel and $200 for another gel. My online search found that generic equivalents are priced between $20 and $90.