Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices would change the lives of so many patients like me.
If we were to use Medicare, my medication would cost my family up to $1,800 per month. That’s completely unaffordable.
Instead of having retirement savings, which we were on track to have before my illness, we are now living month to month on Social Security.
I worked well past retirement and saved as much as I could. Even that couldn't save me from these extremely high drug prices.
My life and my budget has been greatly affected; it is really making things tough.
I took out a loan in order to help pay for the medication, and over time I’ve taken out over $1,000 in loans to help him.
Patients like me shouldn’t have to fear for their health just because they can’t afford their medications.
I just want to be able to enjoy my time and not have trouble breathing or managing my blood sugar.
I urge the California legislature to look at my story and see that Californians like me are suffering under the high cost of medication.
As a community member, I share my story with you all today to show how drug pricing is a public health issue, and I ask that my representatives take a stand to lower drug prices today.
Medications are simply too expensive, and patients deserve to be able to live without having to worry about spending everything in their bank accounts.
Patients like me cannot live with these prices, and we need lower price tags at the pharmacy counter now.
When you’re on a long list of medications, even smaller copays add up.
I shouldn’t have to pay $100 just to feel normal and find relief.
I fear for the day that I’m told that I am no longer covered and I have to pay hundreds of dollars in order to avoid a life-ending stroke.
I find myself cancelling doctor's appointments because I realize that I can’t afford the copay to go because I already spent too much on my medications.
I need these medications, and I’m sure I will continue to need others in the future. But these drug costs are simply too high.
Seniors should be able to afford their medication without having to sacrifice their dignity.
At the beginning of this year, I was stunned to find out that my Flexipen would cost $450 for a month’s supply.
This is a life or death matter, and patients deserve better.