I just got a letter from my prescription drug insurance company, saying that their new primary method for filling maintenance scrips — e.g. metformin and simvastatin — will be by mail order through them. In fact, though I may choose to have the first and second filling of the next prescription done otherwise, they will not pay for the third unless I get it by mail order (and, presumably, this will continue thereafter). So, goodbye to my long-term pharmacy CVS, except for those rare instances where I need something like a sinus med. I won’t even be able to have my doctor’s office fill the script, and they just built a spiffy little pharmacy for that purpose.
I am so happy to have private health insurance so that the government is not telling me how to spend my health care dollars or with whom. One of the arguments by opponents of single-payer health care is that citizens wouldn’t be able to choose their own doctor, and by extension other health care personnel (like, say, pharmacists). Well, why suffer through the government doing that, when private industry can do that just as well. Don’t you feel more capitalist now, citizen?