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That is why you are encouraged to get a 3-month prescription from your doctor each time. They'll probably fill out several shorter prescriptions at once, dated appropriately.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 10:14:53 AM EST
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I still don't get it! If, say, you have a skin problem, you have to let it fester and grow for six weeks, until the skin doctor will meet you? (Or worse, twice six weeks, the first with the GP who'll send you to the skin doctor?)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 10:18:54 AM EST
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When I was at the University of California we had a pretty good (but pricey) mandatory insurance program. You could get an appointment at the Campus health centre within a couple of days, they would give you a referral and you could generally get an appointment with a specialist withina week or two.

However, my understanding is that the situation is much, much worse with an HMO (Health Management Organization). In many ways, although being a graduate student puts you squarely under poverty level incomewise, the standard of living is acceptable as long as you don't own a car or pay for cable TV.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 14th, 2005 at 10:38:17 AM EST
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