...was diagnosed as a diabetic...by the tinest number of points on the glucose level test (probably didn't help that the guy didn't fast before the test; his doctor didn't tell him to do so!) The doctor prescribed medication for the diabetes. Friend's Dad asked if they couldn't first try adjusting his diet to get his glucose levels under control, instead of starting a prescription. Doctor claimed that Friend's Dad HAD to take the diabetes meds under Medicare rules, or possibly later have diabetes-related claims denied. Friend's Dad filled the prescription (with Medicare prescription plan footing some of the bill) and flushed the meds down the toilet. He's adjusting his diet and feeling better than he has in a long time. He figures that Medicare only requires him to fill the prescription, not to actually take the pills.
Waste of Medicare money for the government, waste of copay money for the patient, and a waste of time for everyone.
This message has been edited by DarcyMae on Nov 4, 2010 10:26 AM