My boss's son is in 7th grade. School started on the 25th of August this year, and by this past Sunday, the 30th, he was sick. The poor kid was running a fever of over 103, and normal OTC fever reducers and allergy medicine weren't helping. Ramona took him to their family doctor, who diagnosed him with "Type 1 Influenza." "Type 1" might or might not be the H1N1 virus. They further traumatized the young man by putting a mask on him, and more-or-less treating him like a pariah. And, of course, they wrote him a prescription. Now, this was obviously not the usual antibiotic, because it cost $85.00. Ramona didn't remember the name of the drug.
Oh. And the other residents of the household had to have the same prescription. As there are two of them, that was a further $170.00. They have medical insurance, but not prescription coverage.
$255 for medicines to cure a fever.
It's a good thing I was not around Ramona on Sunday and Monday, or they probably would have wanted me to buy $85 worth of medicine, too.
Guess what? I don't have that much money to spend on a prescription.
What happens when people like me get sick like that? Not poor enough to qualify for any sort of indigent care, but not wealthy enough to purchase individual insurance.
WHY is it so wrong to expect the government to do something about this? I am not asking for free health care. I am asking for health care that I can afford.
I may be 60, but I'm really pretty healthy. I quit smoking four years ago. I rarely get sick, I have no chronic illness. My knees hurt, but I have a strong aversion to surgery, and would rather use a less invasive (and less expensive) treatment. It's not as if I am wanting to suck the "system" dry. As SSS used to say, "I'm not out to set the world on fire; I just want a little heat in my room."