They Just Give it Away
- Stroger Hospital of Cook County is charging a co-pay for prescriptions for the first time in memory, and it has created a stir among patients and staff.
[...] the Cook County treasury is so poor, the county has begun charging the poor for their drugs. It is a nominal fee, at only $3 per drug, not to exceed $10. And not everybody has to pay.
But since Tuesday, when the county launched the co-pay, pharmacy patients say they have been confused. Some, like Dorothy Bennett of Calumet City, say they are worried.
"I've been to the county (hospital) out here five days this week, and you can imagine how much gas that cost us," Bennett said, "and we were just thinking, what are we going to do? A co-payment on top of all that gas? That's terrible."
Gloria Vargas says the co-pay is a burden.
"It used to be very good before because I was unemployed and a lot of people got their stuff free," she said. "When you're not working, even $10 on medication is going to be a lot of money."
At St. Roger's five days this week? "Free" stuff? This entitlement crap just gets worse and worse.