Insanity (or not) is Expensive October 8, 2009Posted by Crazy Mermaid in Escalating Healthcare Costs.
Tags: Escalating Healthcare Costs
Today I went to the pharmacy to pick up my 30 day supply of prescriptions for my mental illness. My generic Risperdol (.5 mg) cost $92.19. My generic Lamictal (150 mg X 2) cost $209.99. My generic Welbutrin (150 mg) cost $109.69. My non-generic Seroquel (200 mg) cost $138.49. My total bill for 30 days of medication was $550.36. That’s $6,604 for a year’s supply of medication- assuming the prices don’t increase (we all know they’ll be decreasing about the time that Hell freezes over).
Then there’s the psychiatrist visit. If – and this is a big if- I don’t have any major emergencies like hearing voices, I can get by with seeing him about every 4 weeks or so. That’s about $250 a month. Then there’s my therapist. She runs $125 an hour. I see her twice a month. $250. Between my therapist and my psychiatrist, I spend another $500 a month for their services. Don’t get me wrong: they’re worth their weight in gold.
The grand total for a year of care is $12,604. Whoa! Who can afford that?
But wait. It could be much, much worse. That won’t even buy you three nights at Fairfax Mental Hospital.