There is help for those in the coverage gap. They sometimes pay 50% or may get more help with this. Also some people can get help for their RX premiums. They really need to find out about this. Call SS, Medicare, etc. Ask doctors to try them on generics first or now. Ask doctors if there are any alternatives ways to get healthier.
Also my personal thoughts are doctors might consider helping their patients to a healthy lifestyle so the need for such RX meds is lessened. Also patients need to become more proactive about their health. Perhaps they can study about their illness and go to support groups for ideas. Try alternatie ways of healing like prayer, other types of practitioners, wellness courses, etc.
There are ways to get healthier and lessen the need for RX for many of the patients, of course not all.
Many type II diabetes patients could try losing weight, getting exercise, changing their diet for example. These things may be hard but much less difficult than the devasting results of worsening diabetes.
Also, Doctors could study wellness and not just illness to give their patients ideas of how to stay well. That's all I will say for now.
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