Which is exactly what causes people to delay getting that lump checked out until it's too late. Good job dragonfly, you just killed a mother of three
that's a BS argument used by the left to sell national health care.
if health care were consumer driven, checking that lump would cost 20 bucks instead of 50. if you took care of the legal issues that plague doctors, you'd see a lot more of them volunteering their time in this country instead of other countries.
there was a time when health care was not 3rd party payer. it was not so long ago, but i guess before your time. people did not go without health care unless they chose to. if care was expensive, doctors, clinics, and hospitals were free to work out payment plans and help patients get what they needed. drugs were not so expensive and the corner pharmacist was free to extend credit, or help arrange payment. sadly, those days are probably gone forever, but the excuse that patients will go without care unless I
pay for it, is crap of the highest order. if that happens it's because the government, insurance companies, and lawyers have made it so.