So how will you be paying for that? You can’t afford it? Well then, here is just one more thing for you to worry about. Because that is exactly the thing you need on your mind when you are already struggling…
I work full time and I have benefits through my company, so picking up a prescription at no cost is just something I have the luxury to do. That said, the company I work for has just transitioned to a new owner so my benefit plan is being transitioned to a new account. While I await for my new plan information to give to my drug store I needed to pick up a prescription today, and so I had to pay full price upfront for it. Kind of a pain, but I will be able to get reiumbursed soon so no big deal.
I have no shame admitting that I was picking up a prescription I take to support my struggles with anxiety and depression. The reason I tell you this is because that is why I am sitting here writing this post.
I paid $100 for my prescription, which is a one month supply. As I said, I have the luxury to be able to afford benefits through work. But the price of the prescription amazed me. I never knew how much it actually was. And I am not complaining, because I am going to get reiumbursed. And I am not complaining, because I can afford to spend $100 and not worry about it right now. I am actually not complaining at all. I am concerned for other people. For the people struggling with mental illness who may not have the luxury to afford benefits that can cover any (be that some or the entire) cost for medication they may need.
Whether you believe in medication as treatment for mental illness or not that’s fine, your opinion. Even as someone who currently uses medication I agree both ways as I think a lot of factors can make up that decision for someone. But I wont get into that now. My concern is about how so many people struggle with mental illness every day. And of those people how many of those people struggling could benefit from the support of a prescription medication. And more importantly, how many of those people simply cannot afford to spend $100 (give or take) on medication.
This thought that came across my mind today has me feeling shocked and saddened that I never thought of this before. I even did a little research into prescription medication benefits and government support for where I live. And do you know what I found? Nothing. No programs that support medication coverages for those suffering from mental illness. Wow. This actually makes me feel sick. I almost feel ashamed that I never thought twice about having the luxury to get the support I need. For those who don’t have that luxury, I am truly sorry. I am sorry that you have this struggle to deal with on top of why you are struggling with mental illness in the first place. With the stigma that still exists amongst mental illness, I feel for those who are afraid to get help. And now I feel for them even more because they may not even be able to get the help they may need when they hopefully find the strength to try and seek help.
I am sure I could go on forever, but I will leave you with this: my thoughts, my feelings, simply my expression. As always, I appreciate you reading. And if you have some thoughts or insits to share about this topic I look forward to any responses.
Now I am off to do some more research, as my mind and heart are intrigued. I am curious to see what I can find about programs in other places around the world. I wonder if this is just an issue where I live or is this a bigger issue than I even knew…
NOTE: I do want to mention that I am aware of all the various programs and such where I live that do support those with mental illness in terms of support groups, counselling, etc., I am just strictly thinking about it in terms of prescription medication.