"Why don't you just get it?"

Andrea Kratzke Nelson

I personally have to take multiple pills each day. When I worked in Englewood, a primarily black and lower socioeconomic neighborhood in Chicago, it seemed that people struggled to take one or more pills each day, even after we set up a home delivery pharmacy for them and eliminated their copay. I was so frustrated that they could not do one simple thing like take a pill, like I do, even when all of the barriers I perceived them having were already taken care of. But of course there is a lot more there than just getting pills from a pharmacy. Nothing about their lives and mine are the same (Chicago is very neighborhood and culturally segregated) and so it was so much more than just getting access to medicine that kept them from taking it.


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