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What kind of country do we live in today? We used to have freedom of choice. So much for that.

As members of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, we are now forced to go to Rite Aid or the chosen affiliates for our prescriptions, regardless of convenience. We are senior citizens and have gone to our neighborhood drugstore for 40 years with no problem and no waiting.

I recently took one prescription for a common blood pressure pill to Rite Aid. I was told I would have to come back the next day because they did not have it in stock. So two trips were required for that one.

A week later, I took two more prescriptions to Rite Aid. They had one but not the other. I was again told to come back the next day.

I went in the following day at 1:15 p.m. and was told that the truck would not be in until 4 p.m. We were not informed of this when the prescription was originally dropped off. Therefore, a third trip was required.

According to Blue Cross, the change was instituted for lower pricing. I compared the price on my prescription. The actual cost was the same as CVS. So where are the savings?

Between the two of us, we take 11 prescriptions a month. What's in store for us? Will there be 22 trips to Rite Aid each month? And what about the lines of people that will form when the policy takes effect Oct. 1?

What a nightmare. And to top it all off, we "pay" for these problems -- it's not free.



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