Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TAXING METHADONE PATIENTS - A TERRIBLE IDEA:

The Charleston (WVa) Gazette on March 21 reported on a bill introduced into the State legislature that would impose a unique tax on methadone treatment providers. The Chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Resources (!), Mr. Don Perdue, rationalized this plan claiming methadone treatment “has become a lucrative industry” (compared to what – radiology, cardiology, dermatology . . . ?). Even Mr. Perdue acknowledges that any tax would inevitably be passed on to the patients.

The fact that all methadone treatment in West Virginia is “for-profit”, and the inadequate availability of other forms of addiction treatment, reflect lack of State support for services that are desperately needed. It is simply wrong – and counter to the interests of every West Virginian - to focus on patients seeking to turn their lives around as the source of funds that the State can’t or won’t provide.

6 Comments:

At 7:58 AM, Blogger methadonia1122 said...

The cost of MMT is high enough already. I've been on methadone since 2/07 and was on suboxone for 7 months prior to switching to methadone and my clinic here in PA costs $12/day, so I've paid $14,800 for 2 yrs. and 9 mos. of treatment. A tax would make rehab inpossible for some people to get the treatment that they desperately need do to the depletion of the brains ability to produce necessary enorphins

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger methadonia1122 said...

The cost of MMT is high enough already. I've been on methadone since 2/07 and was on suboxone for 7 months prior to switching to methadone and my clinic here in PA costs $12/day, so I've paid $14,800 for 2 yrs. and 9 mos. of treatment. A tax would make rehab inpossible for some people to get the treatment that they desperately need do to the depletion of the brains ability to produce necessary enorphins

 
At 7:58 AM, Blogger methadonia1122 said...

sorry, didn't mean to leave that twice

 
At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Я проживаю в Израиле прохажу метадоновое лечение с 2001 года .Начинал с 200 шекелей а сейчас плачу 450 шекелей.И боюсь что могут и выгнать с программы.Так как в анализах бензо .Которые мне 2 года выписывает психиатр .

 
At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is getting crazy ive been on methadome for 2 years and the price keeps going up and more and more people cant afford to many people look down on it with out even knowing the facts. I have to drive 2 hours away out of state to my clinc because of people not wating them. Who know I guess they like crime and people on the street better.

 
At 8:45 AM, Blogger Tyro said...

Do you have a link to the Norway study you reference?

 

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