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Old Jan 26, 20, 4:08 pm
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This reminds me of when Roy "Doc" Halladay passed away in a plane crash and how sudden it felt for someone I'd never met. RIP Kobe. 😢
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Old Jan 26, 20, 4:27 pm
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This reminds me of when Roy "Doc" Halladay passed away in a plane crash and how sudden it felt for someone I'd never met. RIP Kobe. 😢
I thought just throat cancer, but back for Top Gun 2 (The Space Cowboys remake).
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Old Jan 27, 20, 3:59 pm
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RIP Kobe Bryant, Laker legend, dies at age 41 in a helicopter crash near L.A.
His passing has hit me very hard. I love basketball. I love the Raptors, and before the Raptors joined the league, I loved Magic and the Lakers. When the Lakers traded for Kobe and then signed Shaq, I enjoyed their success without guilt. Their post Shaq renaissance with Pau was such a treat. I was always on team Kobe in the Shaq/Kobe debate.

Kobe was and always will be my favourite player.

I've been uncharacteristically weepy since hearing the news. I delighted in watching him on the court and relished his media appearances post retirement. What a cruel and tragic world. If only that cocky pilot had gone IFR instead of pushing for VFR in such horrible conditions.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 3:53 pm
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So it's actually cheaper for me to fly to YVR every month and buy a one month supply of insulin there than it is to buy it here without insurance. And that stuff lasts for a while, so I wouldn't need to do it every month.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 4:18 pm
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I have a family member who lives in the US and comes to YVR once a month for his heart medication, so I certainly believe what you're saying.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 4:43 pm
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So it's actually cheaper for me to fly to YVR every month and buy a one month supply of insulin there than it is to buy it here without insurance. And that stuff lasts for a while, so I wouldn't need to do it every month.
Insurance where? If you live in the US, you're not eligible for BC's provincial health insurance
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Old Jan 28, 20, 5:20 pm
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Insurance where? If you live in the US, you're not eligible for BC's provincial health insurance
The cost is so much lower in Canada.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 5:22 pm
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So it's actually cheaper for me to fly to YVR every month and buy a one month supply of insulin there than it is to buy it here without insurance. And that stuff lasts for a while, so I wouldn't need to do it every month.
I just picked up 3 - 15 ML packs of each of my two insulin prescriptions at Costco on Thursday, NovoRapid was $199.2, Lantus $305.83, now that I'm over 65 and on Ontario Drug Benefit plan they were $1.89 each. I have a couple friends in the US who pay much higher than the retail prices mentioned above.

My sister also a diabetic, who winters in the US south takes a six month supply with her when she heads south in November, as long as it is stored correctly it will easily last that long.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 6:09 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
So it's actually cheaper for me to fly to YVR every month and buy a one month supply of insulin there than it is to buy it here without insurance. And that stuff lasts for a while, so I wouldn't need to do it every month.
Do you not have health insurance through your employer?
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Old Jan 28, 20, 6:11 pm
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Originally Posted by CDN_BOBCAT View Post
I just picked up 3 - 15 ML packs of each of my two insulin prescriptions at Costco on Thursday, NovoRapid was $199.2, Lantus $305.83, now that I'm over 65 and on Ontario Drug Benefit plan they were $1.89 each. I have a couple friends in the US who pay much higher than the retail prices mentioned above.

My sister also a diabetic, who winters in the US south takes a six month supply with her when she heads south in November, as long as it is stored correctly it will easily last that long.
NovoRapid in Ontario, last time I checked, was around $35 CAD per 10mL vial.

NovoLog (same thing, different name) in the US is around $330 USD per same 10mL vial.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 6:37 pm
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Originally Posted by canadiancow View Post
The cost is so much lower in Canada.
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inhaler for asthma-- nephew pays a $85 copay in US even with insurance discount. has to argue with doctor for a refill or to keep a spare at work.

"pharmacies' in Mexico tourist zones - $8 to $12

then he asked at a Costco there - $1.32 USD each behind the counter, non prescription. 90 day supply of medications purchased outside of US can be brought thru CBP.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 7:20 pm
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Do you not have health insurance through your employer?
Pharmacy screwed up on several levels and processed the refill the day before my new insurance approved it.

However, the call I just had was amusing. "It works this way" "No, let me read you what your website says" and "You should have followed up sooner" "We have chat transcripts from 2 hours through two weeks after where I asked you to do everything you're now telling me I should have asked you to do"

I received a credit for the difference between my copay and what I actually paid. So I'm happy.

But that's the issue. Having insurance doesn't just make everything perfect. It still takes careful management.

Otherwise I'd simply buy it in Canada every time I'm up.
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Old Jan 28, 20, 8:12 pm
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And Lowry is now the all time Raptors leader in assists passing Calderon
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Old Jan 28, 20, 8:33 pm
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And Lowry is now the all time Raptors leader in assists passing Calderon
Raps win going away from a rebuilding Hawks team that still has some rebuilding to do.

With the win, they pass the Heat for 2nd in East which is excellent given the injury woes they've been through.
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Originally Posted by expert7700 View Post
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inhaler for asthma-- nephew pays a $85 copay in US even with insurance discount. has to argue with doctor for a refill or to keep a spare at work.
$85 copay? Now I'm really liking the $5 copay we get on all prescriptions with my wife's insurance plan.
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