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    I'm thrilled!!!

    Today I got my "official" notification from Uncle Sam, of my 1.7% increase in my Social Security check for 2013. Of course it then went on to inform me of the increase in my Medicare premium too. What it boils down to, is that I will see a $19 increase per month over what I was getting in 2012. But not so fast - I can't enjoy that increase for long, since come April, I have a $12 per month increase in my supplemental healthcare insurance premium. WOW - now it's down to a big, gigantic, whopping $7 per month extra that I can splurge with. And since I am now on 2 rather expensive (IMO) prescriptions that I wasn't on before, and I don't carry insurance for prescription coverage - then I'm in the hole - big time!

    Life is grand!!!
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
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    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
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    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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    Maybe by April your meds will be available as generic? One can hope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    Maybe by April your meds will be available as generic?
    They already are generic - could hardly believe that one of them is still so pricey even as generic.

    I'll be going back to using a Canadian (legit) pharmacy and saving a nice chunk of change by doing it. Some years back I used them for a pricey med that I had to take. Our government still hasn't made it illegal to buy from Canadian pharmacies - thank goodness!
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    I got my notice of the "big increase" too. I do have coverage (Plan D) so my meds (generic) are covered. I'm so excited I've
    already started planning my Winter trip to the South Seas.
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    I got mine too. An extra $31/month. I can now have that long awaited boob job I've been wanting!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosmom View Post
    I got mine too. An extra $31/month. I can now have that long awaited boob job I've been wanting!!!
    $31???? How do you rate??? Or is it that you're not on Medicare since you're not 65 yet?
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Lucky to still be in my chair after reading the big increase you're getting. Things sure work different out there. But it's the same typical government tactic as we get here... give with the right hand, then claw back with the left. I'm amazed you can get your scripts cheaper from Canadian pharmacies, I guess they give Americans special prices because no one finds meds very cheap out here.
    Asiel

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    $7 per month will get you a nice lunch at Chili's, if you drink water with it, so don't complain!
    I've been BOO'd!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Asiel View Post
    I'm amazed you can get your scripts cheaper from Canadian pharmacies, I guess they give Americans special prices because no one finds meds very cheap out here.
    I believe it's more a case of drugs in the U.S. being way overpriced. Example: I just started taking Lipitor - the generic equivalent - 90 tablets of the 10 mg dose is $327 at Walgreens. Yes!!! - that's the generic $ which I find to be outrageous. I don't have any prescription insurance, but I do get a "discount" with my AARP membership. Now for the exact same thing ordered thru a Canadian pharmacy - it's $70 and free shipping!!! I have 2 other prescriptions that I am currently buying in the U.S. also. They aren't as expensive, but I will still save by buying Canada.

    No one can convince me the the folks in the U.S. that buy from U.S. pharmacies, aren't getting ripped off!
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    I'm really surprised that your generic Lipitor is so expensive. Of course, there's also the risk of contamination (the generic is made in India.) That price seems more consistent with the branded drug.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey the elder View Post
    I'm really surprised that your generic Lipitor is so expensive. Of course, there's also the risk of contamination (the generic is made in India.) That price seems more consistent with the branded drug.
    At CanadaDrugs.com, which I have used in the past, it lists this as "product of New Zealand" and "manufactured by Pfizer", so I wouldn't think I would need to be concerned about the quality.

    And I agree - the pricing I paid at Walgreens seems totally out of line with generic pricing!
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by pomtzu View Post
    No one can convince me the the folks in the U.S. that buy from U.S. pharmacies, aren't getting ripped off!
    My client is a Pharmacist. She told me it was either a 400% or 600% markup, I can't recall. You read that right. 400%-600% markup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataholic View Post
    My client is a Pharmacist. She told me it was either a 400% or 600% markup, I can't recall. You read that right. 400%-600% markup.
    That doesn't surprise me at all. My Dad's cousin or nephew (don't remember which), was a pharmacist and I can remember Dad telling us of some of the markups that his relative would relay to him. Astounding to say the least! And that was in the days before big chain pharmacies, too!
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    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
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    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
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    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Yeah I also got my big 1.7 increase and it really stinks. It comes to $14 over last year...big deal. Politicians forget the Seniors who worked hard all their lives and now have to practically live like paupers. Everything else goes sky high like food, clothes, rent but we get a measly low rate. My one credit card is getting higher every month since I need to use it to buy groceries, can't afford it any other way. Life really stinks sometimes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by redbird View Post
    Life really stinks sometimes.

    LOL! But these are "The Golden Years" - didn't anyone ever tell you that??? I hope that whoever coined that phrase, chokes on those words!
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    My little dog ~ a heartbeat at my feet

    Sparky the Fuzzbutt - PT's DOTD 8/3/2010
    RIP 2/28/1999~10/9/2012
    Myndi the Fuzzbutt - Mom's DOTD - Everyday
    RIP 1/24/1996~8/9/2013
    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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