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I wonder in what world my doctor lives

March 29th, 2008 · 3 Comments · None

Today I took the GirlChild to the doctor to get some of her medicines refilled.

They always insist on putting two of the prescriptions on one prescription pad/note/whatever you call it even though I’ve asked them before to put them on separate ones.

You see the GirlChild doesn’t  run out of her different medicines at the same time and I don’t like to fill them until I have to.  It’s easier for me to carry the prescription around in my purse until we need to have it filled and then drop it off at the Walgreen’s drive through the day or two before we need it.

His nurse said, “oh just tell them you don’t want the other one filled and then call them and tell them when you need to have it filled.”

I just looked at her and wondered, in what world does she live where you can call the pharmacy and actually speak to a person in a reasonable amount of time without punching in all kinds of numbers and without wanting to bang your head on your desk in frustration before you are finished?  I also wondered, what really are the chances that if I said to the pharmacy tech at WalGreens, “oh, just hang on to that other one, I’ll get it filled later,” that anyone would ever remember that conversation when it came time to have it filled again. Or that they would “hang on” to that prescription?  Or fill it for me when I actually needed it?

And she and the doctor seemed all put out that I still insisted on getting three separate prescriptions for the three different medicines.

They must live in a much different world than do I.


3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lisa H // Mar 29, 2008 at 8:52 am

    See they’re expecting one of two things: 1) you send in your prescription to a mail order pharmacy (where you really can send in the one note & get the prescriptions any time you want) or 2) you go to a more personal “local” pharmacy where the people remember you from time to time and actually answer the phone (I go to one of these).

  • 2 Heather // Mar 31, 2008 at 11:09 am

    We are able to do this in my city. If I have two prescriptions on one piece of paper, I can ask the pharmacist to keep the one I don’t need on file for me and it gets filed in association with my medical number. Now that being said, each prescription is only good for one year or less (might even be six months), so I have to fill all east part of it within that time.

  • 3 M&Co. // Mar 31, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Aaaahhhh Heather. But don’t you live in the land of good, free or very very cheap health care?

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