Moss, is humor writer from Tennessee. She writes a
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Explaining Extra Bucks
the older I become, the fewer exciting things there are to
write about and the more doctor visits I have to go to.
Pitiful when the most exciting thing in your life is the
doctor you last went to see.
As those of you who read my column on a regular basis know, I
have seasonal allergies and the congestion and sneezing that
go with it. It's not something that people die of, only
something that can make you so miserable you can wish you were
I received one of those periodic reminders from the doctor
that said it was time for my annual check-up. Nothing had
changed; I was no better or worse. But doctors have to make a
living too, I suppose, so I called for my appointment.
It was close to Christmas, and the office was nearly empty.
Who wants to go to the doctor when there are so many other
things to do and so much traffic to fight doing them? But, at
least he wouldn't be in a hurry, I thought.
He was especially spiffy for a doctor, sporting a Christmas
bowtie along with the usual white jacket. He was rather proud
of his tie. "Merry Christmas," he said, telling me
his wife had invested in several new Christmas ties for him.
Apparently, it doesn't take much to make a boring doctor
He is somewhat of a nerd, but there are not that many allergy
specialists around and he came highly recommended. I suppose
you wouldn't want a jock for a doctor anyhow.
He asked the usual questions and said that I had the usual
symptoms, which I already knew before I paid him to tell me.
Since my last visit, a popular allergy medicine called Alegra
went over-the-counter. I hate it when things go over the
counter as that means insurance will no longer pay and the
price of the medicine is usually more than the co-pay was.
"Are you doing okay with buying Allegra over the
counter?" the doctor asked. Some patients have difficulty
affording high-priced meds and end up not taking them.
I was forced to tell the doctor about the way I procure
Allegra for nearly nothing with extra bucks. My pharmacy has
an incentive whereby they refund a small percentage of the
amount you spend. They call this refund "extra
How do you explain extra bucks to a doctor? "You have to
play their games," I said, or you end up losing money.
Periodically, I get $10 or whatever in extra bucks, which I
can spend in the drugstore, but not for prescriptions, a
sneaky way to get you started shopping. As soon as I find out
I have extra bucks, I run to the Allegra counter and spend all
the extra bucks on Allegra.
The last time I had extra bucks, Allegra was buy
two-get-one-free, so I stocked up. I was pretty well set with
a 90 day supply for the price of one bottle. How humiliating
to let the doctor know you are so cheap you even squeeze extra
He laughed, but thought it was just fine and even told me the
name of a few other places that patients said they could get
Allegra cheap. I'm on my third bottle of Allegra now, so they
better give me some extra bucks soon, or I will be forced to
abandon CVS and go to one of the cheaper places.
Actually, I could afford to pay the higher prices, but
"why" when there are generics and extra bucks?
I wonder if doctors pay more or if they spend extra bucks too?
Copyright 2011 Sheila Moss
Nashville, TN 37219
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