I know I should be writing moreposted by The Vidiot @ 4:27 PM Permalink But this guy's perspective on health care is worthy blogfodder. Poor guy tried to renew a heart drug prescription and had no luck:
Three hours later, the phone rang. It was the pharmacist, informing me that the doctor refused to refill the prescription because I hadn’t been in to see him in over a year.
“That’s true,” I told the pharmacist. Then I explained that I hadn’t been in to see him for the simple fact that I had no job and no insurance, and so couldn’t afford it.
“What are we going to do about this, then?” she asked.
“I . . . don’t know,” I admitted. “It’s quite a pickle—they put me on this medicine, tell me I’ll die if I stop taking it, and now won’t give it to me because I can’t afford an appointment. Way I see it, it’s a particularly vicious form of blackmail.”
It's a good example of Catch 22.