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."