Tuesday, 23 May 2006

My day

Today I went to work...and no one was there. They forgot to tell me there was no work this week as they would all be out on-site surveying.

I went to the GP to get a prescription filled and asked for a repeat, as I knew I'd need a refill. They gave me a form to fill out and mail in with a SASE or fax in...I couldn't quite figure out how that worked (I mean, do they then send me another prescription?) so I asked the pharmacist, who told me I could sign up for some free prescription refill plan and then fill out my form (that the GP gave me), bring the form to the GP's office, and then the GP would send my prescription to the pharmacy. I don't get it...why can't they just do normal refills.

Next, I go to return a lipstick sharpener to a local department store. When I went to get it, I specifically brought in my lipstick pencil and they said it would be the right size; it wasn't. They told me they don't do refunds on cosmetics, so I argued until they spoke to three different managers and finally gave me my money back, in cash. I was about to threaten to just deny the charge with my credit card company, which I would have done. Not wasting $8 on something that I can't use. Anyway, when I asked for my original receipt back, they wouldn't give it to me. I give up.

Have I mentioned I love England?


Muddiah said...

Yeeessshh!!!! Nothing like the good ole USofA I say!

Suzer said...

well i will say i am no longer i blind fan of socialized medicine!

Muddiah said...

Some of what you describe as far as refilling the prescription goes sounds like the referral process in an HMO here. Lots of waiting and going through channels.

I think socialized medicine has it's problems from what I hear, but it's better than being uninsured as many in the states are.

The saying "you get what you pay for" is sad but true.

Suzer said...

it is a case of the haves versus the have nots in the states, for the most part. thankfully, i have always been one of the haves, although when i do return to the states, i will be uninsured, and possibly unable to get a private plan or at least not a reasonably priced private plan. if the states ever reforms its health care, i'm still not in favor of socialized medicine though. i would rather occasionally have to pay out the ass for health insurance than always know that if i get a major illness, such as cancer, i'll probably die on a waitlist. if the US reforms two things 1) prescriptions for seniors and 2) limits on healthcare refusal for those with pre-existing conditions, i am all for socialized medicine never entering the picture. people would never accept it anyway; they are too used to what they have. and honestly, i don't feel that people who don't work out of laziness have any right to free healthcare the cost of which would come from my tax dollars.