I just want to reiterate that I HAVE BENEFITS now.
I cannot wrap my brain around how the insurance industry (yes, industry. Blue Cross Blue Shield is a non-profit, MY ASS) estimates the price of drugs, nor do I want to try and understand. I have a feeling that it will result in me ripping out all of my hair just before my brain explodes out my eyes. I don't know how the system works. There has got to be a way to change the current system for the better, but there's no way to make everyone happy. Living on the poor side of the system for the better part of two years, I cannot imagine being stuck there forever, and my heart goes out to those who are without. Especially those with families.
All I know is that when I didn't have employee-sponsored benefits, prescription eye drops that I've been on since June cost me $211.75 each month (each MONTH). With my fancy new benefits?
The same thing happened with my super ridiculously expensive, but 100% effective, migraine pills. Without insurance, a month's worth of pills (which, I might add is just nine pills. Nine pills for the month. Explain that one, because I can't) cost me $207. With fancy new benefits?
THIRTY. DOLLARS. Bwuh huh huh!
I told the pharmacist that I am just as excited for my new benefits as I am the job. Possibly more.
At this point? It's pretty even.