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  •  Thank you (7+ / 0-)

    I'm glad that you checked - PP could have filled my prescription that day as well - had I consented to another pelvic exam. I had already had one that day, and I try to limit my invasive vaginal exams to one a day.  ;)

    Interestingly, PP would have been by far more costly than my final outcome. It was under $75 for me to see the doctor, purchase my diaphragm, and the contraceptive jelly. Then again, I am fortunate to have insurance through my employer.

    •  This doesn't sound like (0+ / 0-)

      it has anything much to do with the supply of diaphragms though.

      It sounds like you may have crappy insurance. And you should have gone to PP to start with.

      •  Interesting (6+ / 0-)

        Again, PP would have been more expensive than what I managed through insurance, and I did not go to PP because I have an established doctor at a women's health center associated with the university(!) where I work and teach.  

        Perhaps, and I hesitate to reveal too much, the greatest issue here is that what happened to me would be the same experience for one of my college-aged students.  The women's health clinic services not only faculty, but students on campus.

        It's one thing to be a sensible 37-year old woman, it is quite another to be a 20 year-old woman going through this process for the first time and taking advantage of the women's health services provided on campus.

      •  And keep in mind (9+ / 0-)

        Insurance had nothing to do with the supply at the pharmacy. I had to call around to see what pharmacies carried or would order a diaphragm.

        That is a supply issue, not an insurance issue.  Trust me, I've gone with little-to-no insurance several times in my life. I'm actually pretty happy with what I have. *knocks on wood

        •  Well, haven't we all. :) (2+ / 0-)
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          Flying Squirrel, Amber6541

          But I have had this same sort of issue with getting blood pressure meds for my son. The doctor changes the brand and the wheels of insurance/pharmacy land grind to a halt.

          I thought about your insurance as being a reason the doctor may not stock items (we ran into this with immunizations for my kids when they were younger -- at the end of the visit so don't think I wasn't pissed).

          The doctor has to order because she's not getting reimbursed adequately to keep a supply on hand. She orders from the cheapest supplier. The order gets back ordered as other doctors do the same.

          Just a possibility.

          And, with all the running around and aggravation, maybe younger women you know should be directed to PP right away instead of assuming their insurance is adequate to meet their actual needs.

          •  It isn't the doc or the brand (1+ / 0-)
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            Cassandra Waites

            Again, read the comments.  

            The pharmacy does the ordering, and they don't seem to want to stock them or in many cases refuse to sell them.  AFAIK the doc is only sizing them, not specing a brand, drug, or drug release system as they would with many other drugs.  

            One wonders why it would require a doc to size such a simple thing in the first place...it ain't rocket science folks.  And the insurance companies don't consider it a medical visit--a revealing Catch 22.

            Has me wondering if I should go into business sizing and selling them wherever they can't be found at present.  I would be happy to be the middle man (let a professional do the examination) and provide a needed service too.  Let the conservatives follow their conscience and I'll follow mine.

            "Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells." J. Paul Getty

            by Celtic Pugilist on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:25:32 PM PDT

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      •  It is not the insurance! (2+ / 0-)
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        Cassandra Waites, eru

        You can have good insurance and run into this problem.  We did several years ago.  (Read the comments, this is  a COMMON problem.)  There is something going on with diaphragms in general.  Maybe the "free" market is failing as is normal, I dunno, but getting them and spermicides to use with them is ridiculously difficult and time consuming in its complexity for a supposed free market.  

        "Money is like manure. You have to spread it around or it smells." J. Paul Getty

        by Celtic Pugilist on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 09:16:39 PM PDT

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        •  The one time eons ago (0+ / 0-)

          I had to get a diaphragm, the doctor had them in the office. PP has them in the office, at least here. Others don't stock them -- doctors and pharmacies. The Walmart pharmacist said they don't stock them but can order one in 1-3 days. Some pharmacies don't even want to order them.

          This sounds like the last time I went to buy contact lenses. Used to be, the eye doctor had them in the office. Now, she gives me the prescription and I have to order them somewhere else and have them shipped or pick them up in about a week.

          It feels like all of this is being squeezed by "free" market/just in time "planning." All about cutting expenses and ignoring customer needs.

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