At What Cost?

At What Cost?


MEDICINE IS. IT’S ALSO EXPENSIVE. IN WASHINGTON.. THERE’S A PUSH RIGHT NOW.. TO LOWER THE COST. BUT.. SOME PEOPLE AREN’T WAITING. THEY’RE TRAVELING TO CANADA NOW.. TO BUY INSULIN.. AND SAVE MONEY. WE WONDERED…IS THAT LEGAL AND WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE?…AND THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE WONDERING TOO. SO WE SET OUT TO CROSS THE BORDER WITH A LOCAL PATIENT WHO SAYS “WHEN IT’S A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH…YOU FIGURE OUT A WAY.” 47:10 GREG: PROBABLY ABOUT 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS. YOU THINK WE ARE GOING TO SAVE 3 THOUSAND DOLLARS TODAY? I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO SAVE 3000 DOLLARS TODAY. 47:17 IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG DAY, BUT BEFORE THE JOURNEY……A DAILY DUTY. 39:21 I TEST MY BLOOD 70 TIMES A DAY SOMETIME MORE. :23 37:01 ITS RIDICULOUSLY HIGH ITS 467 37:10 IT SHOULD BE ABOUT 367 THAT HIGH NUMBER MEANS WE’LL BE STOPPING MORE OFTEN–AS WE HEAD TO A PHARMACY THAT THE MAPS SHOW.. IS 290 MILES AND AN INTERNATIONAL BORDER AWAY. 43:39 GREG: HOW MEDICINE WORKS HERE IS ITS BROKEN AND THIS IS MY ONE MAN’S WAY OF FIGHTING BACK I GUESS 43:45 GREG MRAKICH AIMS TO PURCHASE 18 VIALS OF LILLY’S HUMALOG IN WINDSOR, CANADA–RIGHT OUTSIDE DETROIT. 13:59 GREG: IT’S LOVELY. IT’S OVER THE COUNTER THERE. YOU JUST WALK IN AND SAY I WANT THIS. 15:03 TRACY MRAKICH/WIFE: IT IS IRONIC THAT THE PLANT THAT MANUFACTURED IT IS 15 MILES AWAY 15:05 MY PHOTOGRAPHER RYAN AND I ARE TRAVELING ALONG, SOMETIMES -WITH- THEM. 26:55 TRACY TURNS AROUND: LOOK AT ALL THESE PHARMACIES ACROSS FROM DETROIT…IN WINDSOR..SO THEY ARE SERVING THE US MARKET. AND OTHER TIMES IN OUR NEWS CAR. WE ARE READY FOR A LONG DAY. VID SELFIE PHONE: TIERNON: WE ARE AN HOUR IN AND ALREADY STOPPED HE WANTED TO CHECK BLOOD SUGAR…THAT’S ANOTHER THING YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH IF YOU ARE MAKING THIS TRIP. BACK ON THE ROAD….NOW FOLLOWING THE WHITE SUBARU OUTBACK, MILE AFTER MILE AFTER MILE. VID SELFIE TIERNON: WE’VE HAD MORE PICTURESQUE JOURNEY’S HAVEN’T WE? HE NODS. BUT IT’S ONE WE WANTED TO MAKE AFTER LEARNING ABOUT GREG MRAKICH. HE’S A PAINTER WHO LIVES IN WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP. 2:38:37 GREG: HERE I AM I’LL BE 60 NEXT YEAR…WORKING AS HARD AS I EVER DID 38:45 HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE ONE DIABETES AT AGE 15. HE’S INSULIN DEPENDENT. 2:50:27 GREG: EVERYONE NEEDS INSULIN LIKE THEY NEED AIR THEY CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT IT 50:33 AND EVEN WITH HIS WIFE’S HEALTH INSURANCE–STANDS TO SAVE A LOT…BY BUYING IN WINDSOR. 2:52:13 GREG: YOU TAKE A DAY TO DRIVE TO CANADA FOR WHAT YOU ARE …PAYING FOR ONE VIAL THAT LASTS YOU TEN DAYS YOU CAN GET A THREE OR FOUR MONTH SUPPLY. 2:52:21 WE TRAVEL THROUGH TOLEDO…AND THE PLAN IS TO TAKE THE DETROIT-WINDSOR TUNNEL. 50:47 FLAGS….US/CANADA MARK THE CENTER ONE WAY COST 5- DOLLARS…AND FLAGS MARK THE BORDER IN THE MIDDLE THIS NEARLY ONE-MILE ROADWAY SITS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DETROIT RIVER. IT’S THE SECOND BUSIEST CROSSING BETWEEN THE US AND CANADA. WE TRAVELED ON A WEDNESDAY…TRAFFIC IS LIGHT. 45:18 GREG: THEY ASK YOU WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE OF YOUR VISIT…PURCHASING PERSONAL SUPPLY OF INSULIN 45:30 45:45 GREG: THERE IS NO REASON TO BE DISHONEST. 45:48 52:44 BORDER AGENT: IS THAT RECORDING?…IT IS…PUT IT AWAY THE AGENT DIDN’T LIKE OUR CAMERAS. AHEAD…THE GLITCH WE FACED…AND WHAT HAPPENED NEXT…WHEN WE COME BACK.

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