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Entire American system is broken

Letter to the Editor

I submitted a letter in December titled "System broken for domestic violence." Over the past month, I have come to realize that our entire "system" — our government, our medical system and law enforcement system — is broken.

In Albany, you can get all the prescription drugs you want, you just have to know how to do it. I call it "hopping doctors and hopping drug stores." I found out, for example, if you have a copy of an MRI, you can get most any doctor in Albany to write you a prescription. Once the insurance company realizes that you are getting too many of the same drugs too often, they stop paying those claims. Then, in order for you to afford your prescription drug habit, you start selling them on the streets for much more than you pay for them from the pharmacy and you can go through the same routine — find another doctor, show him the MRI, change drug stores and the cycle goes on and on and on.

Why hasn't the medical field come up with a database showing someone's name, Social Security number and date of birth so that the physicians and pharmacists can plug into it to keep the above from happening? (HIPPA laws are no excuse.) There should be some kind of system in place to show the activity of prescriptions being ordered by doctors for their patients.

This is like our welfare system — so much fraud. There are no checks and balances to make sure that the people living off the taxpayers are in need and that it is not a "fraudulent" lifestyle. You hear stories of women/girls having babies just to get money and the fathers of the children supposedly are nowhere to be found. But they are around, just not paying for their children. It is left up to the taxpayers. And this new thing about free cell phones. Who decided that a cell phone was a necessity for someone living off the taxpayers? Need I say more? Our entire system from the top down is "broken."

JUDY GLASS

Albany

Comments

Sister_Ruby 1 year, 7 months ago

You can get a Handicapped Parking Sticker for your jacked up Pick-Up truck too from any number of sheister "doctors" in town.

Unfortunately for Ms. Judy, Carlton Fletcher will be calling you a Racist in one of his future "columns" for stating your facts. Too bad, so sad.

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

Your statement does not fall on deaf ears, simply ears that have been plugged by Lawyers. The Law is called "Right to Privacy". Which in and of itself sounds OK. However, it is being used to shield dealings such as you relate. One of the fears is that if there were a data base, then Insurance Companies would be able to check it and pick and chose who they cover. After all, Insurance Companies aren't apparently a business, free to use methods that produce profit. How often have you heard they can't have access to that information because they will use it to pick and chose who they will insure. Leaving all others out in the cold, or on the Taxpayer dole. As log as these privacy laws are there, and there may be some good reason they are, this sort of thing can't be stopped.

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 7 months ago

Over the past month, I have come to realize that our entire "system" — our government, our medical system and law enforcement system — is broken.

You have just realized this in the last month? Where have you been the last 12-13 years Ms. Glass?

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jglass 1 year, 7 months ago

Nous_Defions.........................until something directly AFFECTS you, you do not realize how "broken" things really are. I guess for the past 12-13 years I have been living in my "perfect" little world!!!!

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QUIK 1 year, 7 months ago

If you the entire system broken, then who can fix it? Most don't trust the government, (especially in this region) so that only leave the people to vote in new government officials. Now you are back to square one. The system is not broken but the system is heading to it's appointed outcome. The problem is it's citizens who (in every nation) support hate, envy and only show love to those that love them.

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