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Old 05-21-2012, 04:11 PM   #41 (permalink)
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My favorite was the stacks of free pens, notepads, etc. at the clinic with drug company logos on them and the tagline "Doctor- remember to specify brand medically necessary."

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Old 05-21-2012, 04:31 PM   #42 (permalink)
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What gets me is the math in regards to the "health care problem" in our country.

3.5 billion retail scripts filled in the us in 2011 lets say 10% (350 million) of them could be written as something cheaper saving an average of $100 per on those 10%

Savings 35 BILLION dollars

Lets assume a more realistic 50% of the scripts could be written to save $100 on average.

Savings $175 BILLION
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The other huge waste that comes to mind is people who don't pay attention to days that gas goes up in thier towns. Here in Evansville, IN price raising day is Thursday. 80% of the time I would say, 10% of the time it's wed, with the other 10% spread out. With the one exception being 2-3 days before holidays or big events in town. We have a huge car festival "Frog Follies" and sure enough gas goes up at least 25 cents a gallon the tue or wed before it. Memorial day, july 4th, labor day...you have to fill up 3 days in advance unless you want to give the oil companies a free $5 bill.

Up 25 - 35 cents on thursday...creep down for the next 10 to 14 days, then up again the exact same amount on the next thursday two weeks later. What a rip...
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I usually ask my Dr. to write my prescriptions for older drugs which have been on the market longer and usually have a generic form. All my medicines are generic which I can buy through my mail order pharmacy for $20. for a three month supply.

Just think of all the cars that were wasted during the cash for clunkers program. I had a true clunker ('88 Escort with over 500K miles) I had thought about trading it for a new car, but couldn't even get the cash incentive on it because it got too good of gas mileage.

When I worked construction I often saw 2x4's, 2x6's, 2x8's, 2x10's, 2x12's and plywood just left laying on the ground and ended up being thrown in the dumpster. I was working on a country club one time and the roofer was leaving 1/2-3/4 sheets of new 5/8" plywood just laying where they would cut off a small amount. One afternoon after work I loaded my truck up and took it home. I've also brought home 2x4's that had been used in temporary walls that would have been thrown instead of being reused. I worked for one superintendent that would have us save any 2x's, that were at least 2' long, plywood that was reusable, etc., for reuse, the jobs he managed always had higher profit levels than most jobs the company had. We were finishing up one of his jobs and getting ready to start another one time, we loaded up a dump truck and made several trips of used wood and stick built concrete forms and took them to the new job to use instead of buying new materials and having to build new forms. This saved budgeted material money on the new job. The superintendent would buy us any materials we needed, but he required we get good use of them before they ended up in a landfill.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:48 PM   #45 (permalink)
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It's really sad what people throw out.

Sometimes i just feel like going through peoples garbage

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