by Tony Radmilovich/For The Observer
It’s a simple business and manufacturing rule: The right tool and the right process at the right time makes the right product. It holds true for the health care, too.
For years, I’ve been in search of the right tool at the right time.
My life has been changed by pain. About seven years ago, after suffering from debilitating pain in my legs, wrists, hands and arms for some time, my doctor prescribed medicine that managed to control my pain and allowed me to carry on a reasonably normal life.
This forced me on long odyssey with doctors and pharmacies to help me live a productive existence and continue supporting my family.
After a few months of success in controlling the pain, my insurer notified me it would no longer provide coverage for that medicine unless I first tried at least three other, less expensive medications to see if they could be substituted.
At first I felt total fear as I knew that my present medication worked well and I was reticent to give it up. My doctor was apprehensive as well, saying that he had prescribed the original medication for good reason but since I could not afford it without insurance coverage, we had no choice but to try something new.