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Started by Databits, August 19, 2009, 10:57:00 PM
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Quote from: Xepher on August 21, 2009, 02:36:08 PMI'm not a fan of government health care because the US government screws too many things up. I'm not a fan of private health care because large corporations screw too many things up. I want them to put all the drugs on the shelf at wal-greens, and then I google what I need, and buy it cheap, and doctors (when I need one) should be like tailors. Just go down to the store, and talk to someone who knows what they're doing.I spent 3 hours the other day trying to just get a friggin' bottle of antibiotics for a sinus infection. I'd had the whole slew of symptoms, knew exactly what it is, and thought "I need a week or so of amoxicillian" but I had to go to an "urgent care clinic" because I work night shift, so normal doctors stop at 5pm, so I would've had to wait for my weekend, another 4 days. After filling out way too much info, I finally get a doctor to see me, and she looks at all the stuff I could already tell her (this ear hurts, this one doesn't... no cough, lymph nodes were swollen but aren't now, etc.) and she basically checks all the exact same things I'd just told her, then finally prescribes 10 days of amoxicillian. I then had to go wait at the pharmacy for over an hour for them just to count out 20 pills. All said and done, insurance paid half of it, so I ended up "only" paying $55 for what should've cost the same as a bottle of aspirin.So yeah, sure... not all things are just an ear infection. Sometimes I need skilled professionals to reattach my lung or something. And yeah, we should maybe keep the opiates locked up so people don't all turn into dope fiends. On the whole though, let me take care of myself. If I'm stupid enough to buy and use the wrong drugs, that's my problem. I'm not though, I know what I'm doing for the most part, and when I don't, I know to ask for help or seek out a professional. If we could operate health care with that level of common sense, we'd save trillions. Of course, we can't even convince people to stop smoking and skip the value-size fries.
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