There are a lot of reasons why healthcare in America costs so much more than it would in a free market, and this sign posted at my local Walgreen’s demonstrates just one way the government drives up costs; they don’t trust you or your doctor to make decisions on your own. You have to return to your physician, sit in his waiting room for a few hours, pay the inflated co-pay (he charges you more because he has to deal with insurance), then return to the pharmacy to get a simple prescription refilled. When you consider the out-of-pocket costs, the insurance payments, your travel expenses and your lost opportunity costs, you’re probably paying 30 or 40 times what the free market value really is.
Tired of ridiculous health care costs? Your state and federal legislators are the primary reason. Let them know what you think.