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Monday, March 4, 2013

Farce of Farcemist

Posted on Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 9:24 AM

I was in the drugstore the other day when a sign caught my eye... 15 minute pharmacist consult for $49.99 (plus HST). Intrigued, I asked what would I get for $49.99 (plus HST)? Well, I would get a printout with my blood pressure, a spot check of my blood sugar and cholesterol as it was at the moment the blood was checked in their "consult room", and a computer printout of my medications, how to take them if I cant or wont read the bottle, and why I am taking them. They will "make sure the medications are right for me", and suggest any vitamins they happen to sell at great mark-up. Oh, I would also get this info on a handy dandy computer printout. No extra charge. Now, making sure my medications are right for me seems to cross the line between dispensing, and diagnosing and prescribing. I asked my doctor how much she got for a visit, where she would check my blood pressure, list my medications if I had lost all the bottles and dumped them in a jar with no instructions or what they were for, and give me a paper to get bloods at the local lab, and did I need vitamins or supplements. She gets about $30. She also said that a lot of her patients are making appointments to discuss these pharmacist consults. Doesn't this add to health care costs to the tax payers?? I was afraid to ask what I would get for the 2 hours over $120 pharmacist consult. Thoughts??? —Drugs Over Under Beyond This

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