Here is the outcome of my latest rant concerning medical care in the US of A... If you don't want to listen to my moaning and groaning leave now... First, everything I say here is a fact and comes from personal first-hand experience with American health care, no second-hand hearsay. I am willing to show receipts or anything else if someone requests it. I have tried my best to keep my comparisons apples to apples in order to not muddy the waters. Overview I no longer have medical insurance yet I take a tablet/pill once a day for a condition. These tablets have gone up in price 50% in the last two years and now sell for $15 each or to be exact 90 tablets cost $1370 (Walmart Pharmacy). I decided to see if I could use the 'private' medical care system in Canada to obtain the medicine. Again, this was Canada's 'private' medical care. This is the results. Nearest Canadian 'Walk-in' clinic was found to be in Nelson, British Columbia, approximately 2.5 hours drive from me. I arrived at the clinic at 09:30, 10 July and was seen immediately. What impressed me was there was four (4) doctors working there and it was a very casual setting, not the antiseptic environment of an American doctor's office. I was truthful with my explanation and the entire event was over in 15 minutes. I took the script to Walmart pharmacy there in Nelson to be filled (since I use Walmart in the states, apples-to-apples) and in 30 minutes I had 3 months worth of medicine, 90 tablets. Results (figures are rounded) Cost of Doctor visit in states: ~$200 (US dollars) Cost of Doctor visit in Canada: $65 (US dollars) Cost of medicine in states: $1370 (US dollars, this does not include tax) Cost of medicine in Canada: $241 (US dollars, this does include tax) Summary Using the same pharmacy (Walmart) and purchasing the exact same medicine (no generic) the difference in cost is astounding - to put it mildly - and I can come up with no excuse or reason that can explain it...well, except one...and that is American citizens are getting screwed, plain and simple. My personal opinion, which I cannot prove, is the costs in the USA are so high because medical insurance will pay it (simply passing the costs onto the customers) so medical providers and drug companies push the costs up to push up profits - after all it is a free market. Since Health Care is now a business all three entities (providers, insurance and drug companies) can and will charge whatever they can to maximize their profits. It's perfectly legal even more so since by law, I am forced to have medical insurance or be fined at the end of the year. The health care system in the states is nothing more than a self-licking ice cream cone. It's Blackmail, pure and simple - pay it, whatever the cost, or die. Anyway, I am finished...for now. My next step is to write my Senator and Congressman because I truly wish to hear their excuses, I mean, their reasons for a price difference of over 500%. Yeah, I want to hear them explain it... So, I issue this as a warning to those that frown upon or ridicule Canada's medical care; get your facts together, Bozo, because I have mine. Health Care in this country is in the toilet, it's a turd we are being force fed...and we're so stupid that we ask for more! LOL! The Canucks did me a solid and I would take their system any day of the week. They definitely have my respect and appreciation. EDIT: One last thing, one can legally bring only a 3-month supply of medicine into the United States at one time...I am beginning to wonder if this is nothing more than protection for their racket. EDIT: Also, I forgot to mention, I called the Hospital in Cranbrook since there were no private doctors accept patients and no Walk-in clinics there. Should I wish to use the emergency room doctor there it would cost me $1500 (Canadian) since I was not a Canadian citizen. I couldn't help but think that if we used this system in the USA it would stop cold the illegals using our emergency rooms as their primary care doctors.