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I agree that government health care systems should not be paying for higher priced drugs or treatment when less expensive options exist. Ideally, they should be a safety net paying for basic care. If the patient wishes to pay more for cadillac care or pricey drugs, they should make up the difference. Failure to place even reasonable limits on what government will pay for is literally bankrupting us.

I agree in theory, but in practice not so black & white. I tried several steroid nasal sprays for severe allergies/sinus probs, but the only one that works for me (the others actually stuff me up more than I am to begin with) is Nasonex, for which my insurer makes me pay $150 for a 3-month supply as it's non-preferred. SO I make it last 6 months by using it on alternate days, alternating with an herbal concoction, which isn't strong enough to use all the time, but it helps a little (not nearly as good as Nasonex, but unlike other prescriptions, at least it doesn't make my problem worse). I pay full price for it as it's OTC. I take a different germ-fighting herbal nasal spray in the daytime, which seems to avoid getting so many respiratory infections. Also pay full price as it's OTC.

SO...I don't want the pricy nasal spray because I feel entitled to "cadillac care" (what is that, anyway?). I merely think I'm entitled to breathe.
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