Hard pills to swallow

“In Tampa, Florida, Marilyn Weisman also depends on charity for treatment. The 72-year-old thought she had a bad rash. She turned out to have cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, a rare cancer. Though she is insured, she could not afford her share of the payment for the drug her doctors recommended. So a pharmacist at her hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, helped her to apply for charitable aid. Mrs. Weisman’s situation is surprisingly common for American cancer sufferers. Many insured patients in one of the world’s richest countries cannot afford their medicines.” (p. 45)

Source: The Economist, January 4th 2014, p. 45

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