"Disappearing Drugstores"! HELP!
The risk of losing our LOCAL PHARMACIES is really demonstrated by the feature "Disappearing Drugstores" in today's Wisconsin State Journal.
I felt very guilty after reading this article this morning. I plead GUILTY to contributing to this local loss since I had to choose to use "FREE" mail order Rx refills. What's your situation? What should we do to keep our LOCAL PHARMACIES?! Comments?
What am I suppose to do? I cannot afford the CO-PAYS which are required when I get the Rx refills at my local pharmacy. I get TOTALLY FREE Rx REFILLS once I pay the first $100. co-pay with mail order. Yes, that includes "FREE" shipping. The $100 is about 1/4 of what total co-pays would be through the year. I cannot afford the $300. difference!
I feel guilty every time I re-order through mail order. Can we NOT change the formula through Medicare Part D so that we can maintain the NEEDED local pharmacies?!?! I do miss the personal contact with local pharmacy personnel!
David Wahlberg has done an excellent job of researching and reporting this very significant LOCAL issue for us. Please read the whole feature article, "Disappearing Drugstores: Small-town health suffers as rural pharmacies close." I KNOW the case study after case study really persuaded me of the INTENSITY & SIGNIFICANCE of this issue.
The case studies range all over WI from Mercer in the north near the MI border to Elcho near Wausau to Marion between Wausau and Green Bay to Colby to Avoca north of Highland demonstrating that this is a state-wide issue.
I gained valuable information & perspective reading David Wahlberg's summary of the challenges faced by local pharmacies from the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin and the National Community Pharmacists Association. READ IT and comment. What can WE THE PEOPLE do to keep our LOCAL pharmacies?
I agree that our medical care system MUST BE REFORMED and made MORE EFFECTIVE for ALL (yes, ALL persons in our USA!), but I do NOT think that means absence of LOCAL care. After all, health care is VERY PERSON CENTERED so I believe there must be face-to-face care!
(Yes, I have asserted that K-12 public education reform means fewer LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS in WI. I did NOT argue for FEWER SCHOOLS - rather, it is the DISTRICTS which NEED to be CONSOLIDATED for MANAGEMENT! We do NOT need 8 superintendents with 8 school districts in ROCK COUNTY!!!!! Let's give MORE local control to SCHOOLS! WHY NOT?)
Does this PRINCIPLE of consolidation NOT apply to medical care too? We do NOT NEED to lose the LOCAL presence of health care! We MUST CONSOLIDATE the MANAGEMENT! What is YOUR perspective and recommendation?
Anticipating interesting and productive days as we complete APRIL 2010 this week with MAY DAY arriving next Saturday... we are "SAFE" with our WI State Legislature OUT OF SESSION! Why do we have to PAY them for this "vacation" time through the remainder of the year?!
Here we go...
POSTSCRIPT - I want to dedicate this BLOG POSTING to "KAREN" - the BEST pharmacy person in the world! My guilt is generated mainly because of "KAREN" care of persons! Those who KNOW "KAREN" know who she is whether at MILTON or MEMORIAL PLAZA Mercy pharmacy. Many of us have, in fact, followed her because of her SPECIAL CARE for PEOPLE! IF you see "KAREN" - please tell her, "THANKS!" THANKS, Karen! John
John Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Waukesha and an advocate for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.