Maybe I shouldn’t complain. This should be seen as an act of good will by the pharmacy. But I’m going to.
I made my monthly trip to the pharmacy this morning. Along with the usual sign that advertises that some meds can be bought for $9.99 for 3 months supply, there was a big sign that advertised free diabetes generic medication (see the sign in the photo). At first, I thought nothing of it. But then I started thinking, why is it for only Diabetes that medications become free? Why not any other illnesses, like depression?
I feel like I’m complaining about a technically good thing that the pharmacy is doing, because I’m pretty sure that they were just thinking of ways to alleviate the financial burden for those who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes but cannot afford the medication to treat the disease. But if we were to argue this point, we need to point out that there are still millions of people who go undiagnosed for mental illnesses because they can’t afford to see a doctor. Are we just assuming that more poor people have diabetes? And since when did diabetes medication become more important to be dispensed than the prescription for antidepressants?
I picked up my $100+ worth of medication and left the building, still tasting that bitterness I somehow developed in my veins over the years.