The Overhead

I hate managing my prescriptions.

I have some insurance coverage, and I’m thankful for that. But it’s still a pain in the ass to keep up on all of the prescriptions for everything.

Not even a really a big deal. But it is Another Thing to do.

I even use a mail order service that provides a three-month supply. I can refill over the web. They tell me in my statements when each medicine is eligible for refill (so I can set reminders in my calendar).

I’ve been using the service for a while. At the end of last year I was very pleased to see that ALL of my meds were eligible for refill on 1/1/07 – something to due with the end of the year obviously. Awesome!

It was pretty close to when I would need to order many of them anyway, but the fact I could handle it all in one fell swoop was very handy!

So it was that way for the first and second quarter of this year. One order. One Big Ass Bill. One shipment. Nice (well, all except the bill).

When I ordered this time I got a bunch of rejections saying that I was trying to order some things too soon, and that they would be held and submitted when eligible.

I couldn’t help but be a little frustrated. More so for the overhead that it causes when they are out of sync than at anything else. Now, instead of one big bill (and subsequent paperwork for reimbursement from my health savings account), it will be three or four. Boom – just like that my workload has quadrupled.


It never fails that when I NEED to order a refill on something I can’t afford to pay for it right then. When it was all in one “package” and all at one time, I could shift things around to deal with it. Not so much when they are all over the place.

It could be worse, and I’m thankful that I am able to (barely, most of the time) afford the meds I use.

But, I feel the need to acknowledge the frustration I feel trying to manage it all. I don’t need any more “things” on my list. It’s plenty full already.

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Scott K. Johnson

Patient voice, speaker, writer, and advocate. Living life with diabetes and telling my story. All opinions expressed are my own and do not necessarily represent the position of my employer.

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