How often have you encountered a situation whose events are so ludicrous that you are left simply wondering why someone hasn’t thought of a better way of managing those events?
I had one recently.
I dropped into my chemist and left a prescription for Diabex XR 1000 while I went off on an important shopping mission (cigars, booze). When returning to collect the script I was dutifully informed they were out of stock. None were available anywhere. Not a problem, I still had enough to last over a week.
Yesterday, with my supply running low I returned with the prescription. Same story. Can’t get any yet as the distributor is out of stock. Apparently the factory burnt down (wow, that’s original). They suggested I try the 500 milligram dose, as long as I didn’t mind rattling from all those tablets.
“Fine, I’ll take them”.
“Sorry, you’ll need a prescription from your doctor”.
Why mention them in the first place, would have been an obvious response. Instead I humorously snarled: “Great. So I have to make an appointment with my doctor who is usually booked out for a week in advance, leave work early and sit in his waiting room for the customary two hours before parting with $75 for a prescription for medication you know I take”.
It wasn’t as if I was asking for a larger dose for goodness sake.
There’s gotta be a better system than this. How about those poor buggers who don’t have private transport, or who can’t get away from work so easily? What a horrible inconvenience! Worse still, what about the poor soul about to drop dead?
Last year I was in Rome and came down with a severe dose of the very deadly man flu. Noticing a chemist near to hotel I wandered in and after moaning to the poor young lady behind the counter that I had only moments to live I asked if there was possibly a life-saving doctor nearby.
“You don’t need one” she said. “I can sell you the medication you need. You don’t need a prescription”.
Brilliant. I took the drug and was a happy fellow. Until Paris.
In Paris, shock horror, I discovered I hadn’t brought enough of my Diabex with me. Frantic, I tried my luck with a chemist and produced a letter from my doctor in vain hope of having some success. Note to all: if ever you travel overseas carry with you a letter from your GP listing your medication.
Saints be praised, that’s all I needed in order to obtain medications. Why can’t it be that simple or logical in Australia? It’s just one of those instances where we can’t do things effectively, efficiently or economically in this country. Can you think of some other examples?
Returning to my saga with the chemist, after candidly demanding some logic they offered to phone my doctor to see if they can supply me with the 500 mg dose of Diabex. They phoned me this morning with the good news he’d given the OK and my script was available for collection.
When I called in after work to collect the script I noticed they had only given me two week’s supply.
“Oh. If you need more you’ll have to get another prescription from your doctor”.
Why can’t we take a leaf out of Europe? There are some things they just do better than us.