Sadly the truth is medicine is big business. Thats why there is such an uproar from the insurance co. and the doctors who are for the most part, paid by them. What little they get from the co-pays would not be enough to pay for there first homes, let alone the vacation houses.
I sound (I cant spell the word) synical (ok thats the best I can do) because I am. I am not sure what the answer is, I know in the UK, and Canada health care is for all, but from what I understand that comes at a price also, the price of waiting for surgeries, etc. So although I am sure there is a way to make it possible for all the get good health care without suffering through waiting, or not being treated due to lack of insurance, I dont think in my time it will be resolved.
As long as greed is the major player in the business of insurance and health care there will be no changes. I would go so far as to suggest that the pharmacutical companys are hand in hand with the above mentioned.
In any doctors office I have ever been in, (and I have benefited from this) pharmacutical personnel are everywhere. My gp whom I went to for 20 years until he took another job (very sad day for me) gave me samples for everything I needed outside narcotic medicines and I really appreciated that, I used to leave there with large bags of medicine for my sinus infections. It was great, and so was he. I think I mentioned before, the man never ever let me pay my co pay, even when I had to go on medicare, and the price went up, he wrote off everything I owed to him. And he did not do this just for me, he had many patients who were poor. The man took his oath to "First, due no harm" very seriously.
Ok I have run on long enough, take care all, hope everyone is feeling well today.