Sunday, November 28, 2010

Gotta love it

Here is Blossom's food salvation. Goodness in a tin, protein broken down and easy to digest. Yummo, if you like your food in a bottle.




We (the doctor and I) trialed Blossom on this with good results. So I needed a paediatrician to apply on our behalf, to the Ministry of Health, for a subsidy. As this formula is drop dead expensive. Like $87 per SMALL tin expensive. Which adds up to $171 per normal size tin. Normal formula is between $15 and $22 per tin for the same amount.....yup. Kind of expensive.


So we got the subsidy approved and I popped down to the chemist to get my stash of tins. I knew it wasn't fully funded but had no idea what we would end up paying. Are you ready? We pay $7.50 per tin. $7.50!!!! Which makes it $15 per normal size tin. Stop it! I know. Craziness.


I am just not used to this type of thing. Where I grew up you don't ever get anything for free. If you don't work you don't have food to put on the table. South Africa does not have a welfare system. At all.

So I expect to pay for myself. I don't expect free healthcare, schooling or pension. I am working towards paying for myself when I get old. So this just blows me away. The government is paying nearly $80 per tin so Blossom can eat properly. I am so grateful.

Thank you whoever. I like Penny, would like to write a letter to someone and thank them. But who? The prime mminister? The Health minister? Bit laughable really but I am so grateful.

And so my little Blossom does not have puffy eyes any more, is not vomiting as much and has regular poop. You gotta love that!






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7 comments:

Gail said...

Gosh, that is AWESOME!! What a blessing huh? - Hey didn't get a chance to catch ya at Margs. You looked absolutely gorgeous btw!!

Meg said...

That's so awesome! I wish we'd had a doctor who would have tried Reuben on it as a baby, could have saved us months and months of puking!

tea said...

I'm so glad, Sammy! And what a blessing to have so much of the cost covered! We just had to buy regular formula (around $20) and it always felt so expensive. I can't imagine $87!

Tiffany said...

How awesome! Seems like you have a great government there!

Penny said...

Yes I sing the praises of this government/country! Free paedeatrician visits, ENT appoitments and grommets, free medicine...very grateful!

Widge said...

wow first off I can't get over how expensive that formula even is to begin with! nuts!!
and double yay for the government funding. I guess it's something I tend to take for granted having been born and living here all my life.

Simoney said...

WOW. that's amazing.
Yay for the government. I guess they DO get some stuff right, aye??

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