SMS Post

Amazing how many people say they can’t afford insulin (or meds) but they have cell phones, cable TV and regularly eat fast food. Tough not to be judgemental.

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  1. Family Med Resident

    I too get frustrated. My patients do face a lot of economic challenges, but it sometimes gets frustrating when they say they don’t have $5 for a prescription co-pay but their nails are costing them $20-30 every 2 weeks and their hairdos cost at least $100, and they have the newest cell phones that would not be consistent with my budget as a resident. I also see people taking cabs places when the bus or subway would get them there for a lot cheaper.

    Sometimes I think we should offer people classes on money management to help them prioritize. There’s a difference between something you *want* (ie fancy nails, cell phones, cable TV, new clothes) and something you *need* (ie medications, home phone, electricity, water, heat). I learned that in my early 20s but many of my patients still haven’t learned it in their 50s.


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