I’m working on a review of The Golden Compass movie, but in the meantime, I’d like to give my opinion about why people go for alternative medicine.
I just came from the pharmacy where my doctor called in a generic prescription for me. She called in the generic, because my insurance company refused to pay for the brand-name drug she prescribed first. Guess what? They are refusing to pay for the generic as well. This from a company to which my job pays over $400 a month for my premium — just me, my husband has separate insurance from his job. I go to the doctor maybe two or three times a year, plus get an annual mammogram, and every other year I get an eye exam (they won ‘t pay for that every year). I hardly ever need medicines. Now that I need one lousy drug, the fuckers refuse to pay for it.
I can certainly see why people turn to alterative medicine when healthcare in the US is so frakking expensive and so many people are not insured at all. And even when you have insurance, even when they get $5000 a year for you, even when you hardly ever have any medical expenses, they still refuse to pay for things. (Can someone tell me how this is legal? I’ve filed a complaint with my insurcance broker and will file one with the state insurance commissioner if this isn’t corrrected within a week. And, no, I don’t think it will do any good except to help me let off a little steam.)
The problem I’m having was caused by a side effect from another drug I took almost a year ago when I had a repetitive stress injury from doing too much bookkeeping at one time, and the problem hasn’t been cleared up all year. Which pisses me off even more, because I am now thinking I should have refused to take the first drug originally. I find myself wondering what I could have done outside the medical system, or if I could have just let myself heal without medical attention.
So people get frustrated and desparate, or don’t want to buy into pharmaceutical industry bullshit, and they try whatever they stumble upon that they can afford. Most people don’t understand science, anyway (that’s another topic that merits an in-depth discussion), so they just opt to go outside the system and give the finger to “the man.” I can totally understand this.
I have no suggestions except to implement free universal healthcare in the entire US. But I’m not holding my breath to see this in my lifetime, because I’d drop dead of asphyxiation for sure before the greedy politicians who take payola from the big-pharma lobbyists will change anything.
So, my confessions of the week: 1) I hate America, and 2) I sympathize with those who go to homeopaths, accupuncturists, chiropractors and other alternative medicine practitioners.
I’d love to hear from those of you in other countries who have better healthcare systems and to find out if people there are just as quick to go after alternative solutions.