Most of you have probably heard the news: The U.S. Postal Service plans to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting in August, barring action from Congress to prevent this. Many people in government and business are concerned about the effect this will have on commerce. The Postal Service has agreed to continue the delivery of packages on Saturdays in order to prevent a major disruption.
But there’s another concern that Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth has brought up: what about prescription drug delivery? In a letter to the Postmaster General, cosigned by 88 members of the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Duckworth asked that prescription drugs be included in the Saturday delivery plans, as details about what types of packages will be affected have yet to be clarified.
“Whether it is a homebound senior that cannot walk or drive to the pharmacy, or a Veteran who lives in a rural area with limited access to the prescription drugs they need, all of these home delivery beneficiaries cannot afford to go without their medications for days.”
She went on to explain that prescription delivery isn’t just a necessary service, it’s also a money-saver. “According to the Department of Defense, the government saved $33 million in FY2010 alone through use of TRICARE’s Home Delivery Program. Home delivery is the most cost effective way of filling prescriptions for TRICARE beneficiaries, and saves Medicare and Medicaid money as well.”
Then again, the Postal Service’s losses last year alone totalled $15.9 billion.
What do you think, readers? Are you concerned about Saturday mail delivery and the law of unintended consequences?