09-30-2012, 04:40 PM
- Join Date
- Jun 2008
They can't. The games provide them with another source of income. Basically, you provide your name, address, etc. when you set up the card. Then every time you use the card, your purchases are recorded. Then drug stores, supermarkets, etc. collect this information under your own name and sell it to interested parties, like insurance companies. Your insurer uses that information to raise your rates.
It's all here:
Here is a site against the use of such cards and data mining:
09-30-2012, 05:15 PM
- Join Date
- Mar 2010
PLease note that I predicted that Walmart will actually be the driving force behind Single Payer before it's over. Walmart doesn't care if it has to pay premiums for National Health Insurance as long as everyone else does. McDonald's the same way. Both of these places take a lot of crap for the percentage of their employees who are on public assistance.
Note that this is not consistent with the lie that this will cost more money. It will not. Neither will the employers be off the hook for employee premiums- they will pay them into the Single Payer system.
10-01-2012, 12:54 AM
I got stuck working in a pharamcy today, someone called in sick. It was my choice, but they were slammed with customers, so I had to help them out, for 8 hours...lol Our competiton now closes early on Sunday so we had a last minute rush. The others now have to close early to make budget...if we were not open, customers would enjoy a 180 minute round trip to Las Vegas.
Today I had to fill a few prescriptions that our competiton did not have in stock. You can guess the names of the stores. Tomorrow will be really bad...it's the first of the month!
I urge everyone to utilize all the technology that the pharmacy chains offer from text messages when your prescription is ready, smart phone aps, and the chain's web pages to order and keep track of refills. Even just using one of these can really help. When I order my own refills I scan my bar codes with my phone.
Often what happens is when a refill is put in, there is a very slight, so very slight, drug interaction that requires a second look from a pharamcist and when they are busy they often don't see it in time to resolve it....it's usually a quick fix, but the filling of the prescription will not start until after that small glitch is taken care of....but in the long run, it's all part of the checks and balances for the patients safety. If I don't get a text message that my Rx is ready, I call the store. No wasted trips for me.
New pharmacy grads in Florida have a very difficult time finding a job. I know one pharmacist from Boca Raton, Florida that has 17 years experience that has been laid off three times in the past four years. Once for over a year...things are getting bad. Now she works as an independent contractor with no benefits.
Our Wal Mart tells people they need 72 hours to fill an Rx. Today I told people twenty minutes and every Rx was completley filled. We don't get special orders on the weekends. Throw in the 11 people waiting for flu shots when we opened the doors at 10 AM, a few pneumonia shot upsells, and a couple shingles vaccinations....on top of filling & selling over 200 prescritpions I think we did pretty good for just the three of us on a Sunday. Two techs and a pharmacist. The last two prescriptions I sold were for Hospice patients and the nurse did not have their case numbers yet....so I let those go at no charge. I know we will eventually get paid and I did not want the family have to worry about any more then they were already worrying about....
I'm pretty sure most pharmacy techs work just as hard, if not harder then most people on a Detroit assembly line. On top of having to interact with patients.
10-01-2012, 01:04 AM
They had to start to offer $4 drugs like Wal Mart. It's killing them. They close at 6 PM, the staff is still there at 10 PM trying to fill prescritptions. Both the husband and wife are pharmacists and they just opened a location in Las Vegas. On top of that, they deliver! They started to take some business from other pharmacies when they were new, but most of that business has came back. They can't keep up...they are having to give stuff away to get people in the door.
Medicare cut reimbursment rates in half on some medications and it takes them at least six months to get paid...
They keep hanging in and are very nice people. But it's tough for an independent doctor or pharmacist to make it any more.
They are closed on Sunday, but I noticed they were there today working.....it's killing them.
10-01-2012, 11:25 AM
I think in 10 years, Sears and K-Mart will not exist.
Sears may exist as a hardware and appliance store only. Everytime I go into a K-Mart, it's dead. There are few shoppers and few employees. I can't imagine they are making much money.
10-01-2012, 11:36 AM
I am surprised that Sears is still around; as well as K-Mart. Neither one is as profitable as they used to be. I go to each one maybe once a year and that is it.
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10-01-2012, 12:03 PM
When I went there, I was surprised to see the good prices they had on kids' clothes. They're about giving away a lot of the stuff. Whenever I need something, I'll check out the Sears. I like the fact that they support our troops with contributions, plus carry name brands. SR even found some casual shirts he liked there.
When I see a place almost giving away the stuff, though, I get nervous. These are desperate times for retailers.
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10-02-2012, 09:37 PM
I get my prescriptions filled at Target, happy with their service.
I agree with Noonie here, Sears and K-mart will be casualties of this economy.
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