Sorry, I have to rant about health care.
I have good health care. I'm lucky. My mom has a good job, and through it we have good health care coverage. But I know that not everyone is so lucky, and I really think about it when I go to see the doctor, and I start comparing prices.
Here's what we're paying for my doctor's visit last week:
To see the doctor: $20
Prescription for sprained foot: $15
X-ray of foot: $15
Regular lab work: $15
I paid $65 for my doctor's visit. Today we got a bill in the mail that includes the info of what we're paying, and how much our insurance is covering. I found out that if we didn't have our health care we would have had to pay:
X-ray of foot: $72
Regular lab work: $128
Someone without health care (and who would probably have less money than my family does) would have to pay $200, PLUS whatever it cost to see the doctor and get the prescription, assuming that they didn't decide to just take Advil for the sprained foot.
And on top of that, what if they spent big bucks on the medication only to have a bad reaction to it like I did, and wound up unable to use it? That would have been really frustrating. To me losing the $15 was just a nuisance.
So how come people who have the money for health care don't have to pay much, while those with less money than us are expected to spend money that even families like mine might have trouble with?
I am not happy with the state of things.