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Mon Jun 10, 2019, 03:59 AM

No more Viagra: Rising costs might cost Cincinnati retirees coverage for impotence drugs

Cincinnati's cost cutting is about to get personal for retirees who use their city insurance for Viagra and other drugs that treat impotence.

City Manager Patrick Duhaney sent a memo to City Council last week outlining his plan to eliminate most coverage for erectile dysfunction medication, a move he said would save Cincinnati's retirement system about $425,000 a year.

Current city employees lost their Viagra and Cialis coverage last year in a similar money-saving measure.

In his memo, Duhaney said ending such coverage is necessary because of "the challenges of a constantly changing health care industry and the dynamics of persistent cost increases."

Read more: https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/06/09/no-more-viagra-cincinnati-may-end-coverage-retirees-ed-pills/1381375001/

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Reply No more Viagra: Rising costs might cost Cincinnati retirees coverage for impotence drugs (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2019 OP
dawg day Jun 2019 #1
unc70 Jun 2019 #2
Ohiogal Jun 2019 #3
dawg day Jun 2019 #6
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #5
dawg day Jun 2019 #7
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #10
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #4
unc70 Jun 2019 #8
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #9
unc70 Jun 2019 #11
customerserviceguy Jun 2019 #12

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 06:16 AM

1. I wonder if they cover contraception and abortion--

Both of which actually will save money for the city government.

$425K a year, just for retirees' Viagra? Good grief, how often do these guys want to get it up?

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Response to dawg day (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 07:12 AM

2. ED drugs needed regularly following prostate cancer surgery

Following removal of a cancerous prostate, treatment with ED drugs is required to avoid further complications. Unfortunately, most people have opinions as you expressed and many insurance plans ban all ED drugs under all circumstances. Doesn't even count towards your out-of-pocket deductible. Tough on Medicare.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 08:06 AM

3. On the other hand

Birth control pills are used for reasons other than contraception, too, but extremists want to ban coverage of those altogether, as well.

Can't these kind of decisions be made on a case-by-case basis?

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Response to unc70 (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:36 AM

6. All that money goes to pay for "further complications" from prostate surgery?

Maybe then carve out an exception for those who had that surgery.
And let's call unwanted pregnancy a "complication" of denying people contraception.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 02:57 PM

5. Well, it's refreshing to see

that ageism here on DU isn't limited only to one's choice of presidential candidate.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:40 AM

7. Denial of payment for reproductive medication is ageist then too--

As it directly targets women between 12 and 50. Is ageism that targets the young okay?

(BTW, I'm old enough to know what life was like before medical contraception.)

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Response to dawg day (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:15 PM

10. No ageism is OK n/t

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Jun 10, 2019, 02:55 PM

4. Name brand ED drugs

have been skyrocketing in price for the last few years, and for no good reason other than simple greed. Check a Canadian pharmacy website (like CanadianPharmacyKing, for example) if you want to see how much cheaper generics are than these over-advertised name brands.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:12 PM

8. Generics also available in US

Duke Cancer, where I was treated ten years ago, maintains list of compounding pharmacies providing generic.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:14 PM

9. And I've compared prices

Canadian pharmacy generics are generally cheaper than generics found in the US. Big Pharma is simply asking to be nationalized.

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Response to customerserviceguy (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:18 PM

11. FYI. Generic Cialis daily $190/90

That is about as good as I have found. Shipping and hassles makes domestic mail order my choice.

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Response to unc70 (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:21 PM

12. At the aforementioned

Canadian Pharmacy King, there's a generic tadalafil that goes for just under $100 for a 90 day supply. It only takes about three weeks to get things from a Canadian pharmacy, I think most of them use the same shipping company in Singapore.

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