Shock and dismay. This afternoon I called my local pharmacy to check up on the prescription for my cancer medication. They informed me that it was ready for pickup but thought they should warn me that the copay was more than $1500. I nearly fainted and repeated my question as to whether this was the full cost of the prescription or a copay. They patiently, and somewhat sympathetically, repeated their answer that it was a copay. With our insurance coverage, because of the new year, we start out with one copay until we meet our deductible; only after that does the lower copay apply. That reduced copay, they informed me, would be $200.
I spent the rest of the afternoon trying to understand my benefits and confirming my current options while, also, finding the best price for the drug. It was not a fun way to close out a week. In fact, I am still trying to recover from the news and wishing that my body would tolerate a tall, strong margarita about now.