[Note: Pharmaceuticals are cheaper in Canada, but the problem is the same.]
The Chronicle Herald (Nova Scotia)
Herald Opinion, October 16, 2015
by DR. DAN BOUDREAU
Last week, a male patient came in to the ER with an eye infection. He wasn’t going to get paid until the following week and told me he could not afford the antibiotics I prescribed.
I advised him that if he did not start taking the medications, he could have his vision permanently affected and the infection could spread elsewhere and even into his brain. He replied that he really had no choice; he had no money at all. The ER staff pitched in to pay for his prescription out of pocket.
Every day, I see patients who are non-compliant; that is, patients who are not taking their medication properly. Often, this is for financial reasons. Either patients cannot afford the prescriptions in the first place, or take prescriptions improperly, such as cutting pills or skipping doses, and thus rendering the treatment ineffective.