I really don't understand why
As an Appointed Missionary of TEC I receive pretty good health care, except that I have to pay everything up front and then, if so moved, the health-care company will reimburse me. But at least it's sumpin'. Also, living in Panamá, I can go to one of the local Departmento de Salud clinicas and see a doctor for fifty cents. The meds from the Caja Seguro Social are not terribly expensive, if I were inclined to use this service. Even though I am extranjero, I have access to socialized medicine.
Here in Panamá we only need a doctor's prescription for certain medications, but one can purchase most medications without one. I take a medication for high blood pressure and, since I am pre-diabetic (aren't we all?), I take metformin. I just go to the farmacia and buy my meds when I need them. I ran out of both medications while in the U.S.A. I went to Long's Drugs in Oakland (which is becoming CVS or something) and was informed that I must have a prescription for my meds. They wouldn't listen to reason (how the hell does one abuse these meds, anyway?) so I had to find a doctah.
The Lovely Mona called Tara's doctah to make an appointment. He wanted $150.00 up front to see me to prescribe medications I already take. Fortunately,
So, how do these right-wing nutcases figure they have the world's best health care system? How many different levels of denial do they deal with in their lives?
Our man the BB has a post on the same subject (with a provocative title!), so go read it, please. As always, he makes a lotta sense.