I sent this to the Illinois Times yesterday, but I think I'll have more of a chance to get my questions answered here at slashdot.
I had a detached retina, and subsequently had to suffer vitrectomy surgery. When it came time to go to the drug store to get a prescription for Vigamox filled, I called around to all the pharmacies to get the best price - drugs are expensive these days, and I'm not Donald Trump or Bill Gates.
Prices for the tiny three milliliter bottle of drops ranged from sixty two dollars at a little pharmacy in Auburn to over eighty dollars at County Market and Walgreens, the two closest to my home. I noticed the the big corporate pharmacies had the highest prices, and the high priced pharmacies made it a point to inform me that the price of the drug didn't matter since my insurance co-pay was the same no matter where I bought this drug.
In the end I bought it at Walgreens, the closest drug store to my home. Gasoline isn't cheap either.
I'd like to ask those who parrot that the free market solves our health care problems three questions: First, how does the free market apply when my price is the same no matter what? Where is my incentive to find the best bargain?
Second, if the so-called "free market" in health care is so great, why do Americans pay more per capita for health care than any other country, while being nowhere near the best when it comes to longevity and infant mortality?
Third, why should the insurance industry have anything whatever to do with health care? They seem to be the single thing that's wrong with our health care system!
They'll probably run it, they usually do print letters I write there. I'll edit this to link the edited version if they do.
I'll have a "real" mcgrew journal shortly, please be patient. The doctor says I don't have to keep my head down any more! Yippee! Of course it will be about getting strapped to a gurney with my head bolted down and needles stuck in my eye.
The IT printed the letter. Look for HEALTH CARE AND THE "FREE" MARKET about halfway down the page.