In September, I went for a stress test at
Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. My breathing
is poor because of previous lung cancer so my performance was poor. The
nurse gave me a nitro pill. She walked three paces to a cabinet, got the
pill, put it in a little white cup, came back and gave it to me.
charge for the one pill was $41.50. At my regular pharmacy, they cost
me $1.25 a piece. I am sure my pharmacy is making a profit at $1.25.
is atrocious. There is simply no way that there is $40 worth of effort
to get that pill. Unless of course that was a very expensive little
Of course, the hospital will simply ignore my concerns. They will dog me with collections. They have all the power.
is why our insurance is so high. It is time our elected state and
federal senators and representatives do something about this. They still
are working for us, aren’t they?
It is tough enough having to go
to the hospital. Going to the hospital should not involve me having to
battle for reasonable prices. It is stressful for any of us.