The Board of Pensions of the PC(USA) has switched us pastor types and other church worker types to mail in prescriptions. Let me first say, that I am no lover of medical insurance. I'm glad to have it. I am fortunate to have a relatively good plan and to have my spouse covered as well. I want for nothing as far as medical treatment goes. However, I do not like people I do not know messing with my pills or my doctors visits. I have also heard about the problems of managed care from the other side - the doctor's perspective, as my father is a family practice doctor. Don't EVER get him started on the topic. You will regret it as the diatribe rages for hours and hours. I have learned not to bring up insurance, managed care, hospitals, doctor visits, medications, or anything else related to the "evil empire."
All this to say that my opinions are colored and I am aware of that fact. However, I did not respond well when I received the notice that I must obtain my maintenance medication through the mail rather than my local pharmacy. If I chose to ignore the order, I'll be charged extra. This precipitated one irritated call to Express Scripts. Which lead to a visit to my local pharmacy. Which lead to another only slightly less irritated call to Express Scripts.
After going around and around and being reminded once again that I was never called to be a mathematician or anything that would require even looking at numbers, I popped my prescriptions in the mail. I really had little choice. It turns out it is cheaper.
But I am disappointed. In my opinion I have now lost a few important benefits:
- I will not longer visit my local pharmacist unless I'm sick and in need of an antibiotic. My pharmacist knows me by name. He's even met my father. We chat whenever I stop by and he always asks about my family. I've lost face-to-face personal interaction. We need to be careful. I believe such loses are damaging to our souls.
- Speed. Express Scripts will take nearly three weeks. This will require me to stay on top of my medication in a way I have never had to do before. A severe mess up could lead to an unplanned Baby Burg!
- Freedom and choice. I like deciding where I'll shop and who will take care of my health needs. I have changed doctors and pharmacists more than once in search of a good match. Such options are not being limited and I resent it.