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Damn the Pharmaceutical Companies

2009-08-31 17:06:50

Damn the Pharmaceutical Companies
My father’s prostrate cancer has spread to his back. I have may arguments with God, today I just do now know what he expect from me, I will try to do my best, he deals from below the deck.

Mom says,
“They had us go fill a prescription of 10 very strong pills which cost $50.00 each or $500.00.”

I receive this email today, I know my Mother and Father and if they are all in favor of helping the planet, I will expose the dark to the light.

Mom wrote today
Hi Andy, We just got home from your dad's appointment with the oncologist in Ft Wayne. I am sorry to tell you the cancer has spread and your dad now has bone cancer in his back. Treatments were discussed and your dad picked out the treatment he wanted. He had his first treatment today. They had us go fill a prescription of 10 very strong pills which cost $50.00 each or $500.00. They asked if we could afford them. I told them we would no matter what. We went to Walmart in Ft Wayne because I was afraid they might not carry this medicine in Angola. They said they were very expensive too but I said fill the prescription and when we used my Dana drug card it was not bad at all. Your dad is in pretty good spirits and he does not feel bad. The doctor said if he starts feeling bad to call him right away. This treatment is supposed to last for 90 days. We have an appointment Nov. 12 for a checkup again unless I call sooner. At that time, he will have more tests and decide if he has another treatment the same as this one. love prayers mom dad

Bauang - Paringao - San Fernando, Philippines
La Union Province
Southeast Asia
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
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God raises the stakes today, he put the bar just a little higher, he somehow wants me to stay the course and make good decisions.

I was planning to send a Press Release today announcing, this has to be God playing dice with the Universe.

“Top Travel Blogger chooses the Philippines for Medical Tourism, having Doctors check a lump in his back causing sciatic nerve pain.”

I have done three Press Releases in the last year I paid 360 dollars to for the last one and got close to zero results.
National Geographic Chooses Andy as one of Top 10 Travel Blogs

I have a list of 500 Travel Writers, Boy Genius and I have been working on a project for about a year. What a Charlie Foxtrot, one problem after another, to create our own Press Release system has required incredibly persistence on my part

This is not funny God, what do you want me to do or say, is this some type of joke. My father and mother are 75 and 76, they worked all their lives in Factories, they did what was expected, and they paid their Union dues. Somehow, and I do not ask many questions because I feel like going into predatory mode and tracking down people. Somehow, for some reason, their Pensions have been decreased. In the past they had the majority of their Medical problems paid for, then about 6-12 months my Mother has started alluding or saying things like,
“Now that we need to pay our own prescriptions.”

What is this “Now” stuff, what was yesterday?

These are my parents, I love them, I try to be patient, and I am overseas talking on the phone system, not easy to wade through emotional packed conversations.

50 dollars per pill, this is what the Pharmaceutical Companies want for medicine. My Thailand girlfriend is a Pharmacist, I am here in the Philippines, I suspect that Thailand is a lot cheaper and better for medicine than the Philippines. Maybe we can buy cheap, and send to them, same damn medicine, just cheaper because Thailand people cannot afford to pay the high prices.

This is truly a Charlie Foxtrot my parents have already purchased the medicine. I want to explain to Mom and Dad, if you tell me the name maybe I can save you hundreds of Dollars.

However, this is not about money is it? It is about my Mother loving my Father and wanting the medicine today. I love the both of them and do not want them raped by the Doctors, Hospitals and Pharmaceutical Companies.

Somehow, the costs of things in the USA have gone out of control, some of this is just difficult to fathom. I got a MRI here San Fernando, Philippines two weeks ago for 150 Dollars, I am having Medical Tourism month, where people can call, write and ask questions.

I am more or less saying to the Press, if you want, follow along, there is a real person, in real time, in reality trying to figure out what a lump is on his back and how to pay for it?

I do not have health insurance, this is my bang for the buck, this is me, this is not that unknown insurance company in the sky. This is Gods joke, he now is showing me my parents playing the same game, with bigger stakes, how are they going to pay, will they use all their savings, need to sell their house, and end up living meager lifestyles until they die.

I am somehow trying to give an invitation to the Press today to ask me question, call me, email me, and contact me about Medical Tourism. I can be their eyes and ears here on the ground. I have a need to go the Doctor I go to a Physical Therapist this morning at 9:00, not Lorma but Ilocos Regional, same Doctor Acacios, but half the price and close to my Hotel. I paid 350 Pesos at Lorma to talk with her, I paid 150 to talk with here at Ilocos, there is no clarity here.

Thailand wanted 13000 Baht for an MRI.
I paid 8000 Pesos here for an MRI.
How is Thailand 380 Dollars for an MRI and the Philippines charged me 150? I have them now on my computer I can send to my friend Jeff a Doctor in the USA to look at.

What I am trying to do with the Press, I am giving them a laundry list of possible topics, they can call me on the telephone, and I am in a great place to field questions and search for answers.

1. Types of problems the Philippines are good at serving.
2. Cost of Medical Tourism
3. Major Hospitals
4. Living with the Hospital
5. Physical Therapist
6. Doctors making their Rounds
7. Private versus Public Hospitals
8. Cost of Medicine
9. What is sold over the country in Pharmacies?
10. Pharmacist versus Doctors
11. Glad Hand Versus Critical Thinking Doctor
12. Friends while you wait
13. Cost of living in the Philippines while here for a Month
14. Airfare to various Medical Tourism Areas
15. Language problems of Medical Tourism
16. Physical
17. Laboratory Work
18. Insurance Coverage Overseas
19. Exercise in a Hotel Room
20. Cheap enough to get an x-ray
21. Not getting intimidated by the Doctors
22. Can a doctors from a sloppy culture do good work?
23. Reviews of Hospitals
24. Sites specializing in Medical Tourism
25. Interview, the doctor, not the hospital.
26. Southern India, Thailand or Philippines
27. Western Transplant Doctors
28. education
29. Forums
30. Plastic Surgery
31. Dental
32. Optometry Press Releases

I will try to call Mom again.

This is the real world, not some fairy tell about travel, I am always baffled why people want to read about fantasy travel, I know the USA people have slowly lost the plot, they live in a fantasy world where they allow business to convince them to consume at any cost until they are cattle fat enough to slaughter.

Damn the Pharmaceutical Companies