Formulary, Moe and Curly

Operation of CFI Care (not its real initials), the health-care plan at 42nd and Treadmill, will pass to yet another provider this week, and as usual, I spent much of the Announcement Period scanning the fine print.

And as usual, it paid off:

[Name of provider] receives rebates from drug manufacturers that may be taken into account in determining [name of provider]‘s Preferred Drug List.

File this under “I suspected as much.”





3 comments

  1. McGehee »

    30 December 2008 · 2:30 pm

    [Name of provider] receives rebates from drug manufacturers that may be taken into account in determining [name of provider]’s Preferred Drug List.

    Cash wouldn’t necessarily be my first guess.

  2. GradualDazzle »

    1 January 2009 · 8:45 am

    I am quite certain this is the reason we’re currently having to schlep our teenage daughter back and forth to a day-treatment center in Dallas every day. Her shrink is involved in a study of one particular anti-psychotic drug, and that’s the same drug that we have insisted for the past year and a half has had NO EFFECT on our daughter. We’ve hemmed and hawed, added another drug on top of it, to no avail. I finally threatened the shrink with the one thing I’m quite sure she doesn’t want — if you don’t change her meds NOW, I will be sending my daughter home to live with YOU.

    She couldn’t bring herself to change the meds, but instead passed the buck onto the docs at day treatment, who immediately switched her to a new one.

    I won’t say that day treatment hasn’t been a good thing — it has — but six hundred bucks plus per day for an indefinite number of days seems a bit extreme to me. I am pretty seriously considering requesting a new shrink.

  3. CGHill »

    1 January 2009 · 9:54 am

    My own experience with shrinks has been a mixed bag. With anti-psychotics, not so mixed: it’s been mostly uncomfortable. With one I took in the late Eighties, the dose I was prescribed was within a frog’s hair of the dose generally regarded as toxic. I have no idea whether anyone was getting kickbacks.

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