I took a freind to the pharmacy to get a prescription filled- the cost was $400
When she said that she had no health insurance they re-filled it with a generic equivalent that cot $20
Only in a world where the cost is hidden by ‘co-pays’ is this possible.
And the ‘immediate care’ facility she went to because she has no regular doctor charged her $450 for an ‘emergency’ room visit- where the doctor looked at her scratch (literally) and prescribed an antibiotic- 45 seconds MAX.
When I called to complain they said the time did not matter it was the ‘quality’ of care that mattered.
Generic “equivalents” ain’t necessarily equivalent. However, a good consumer will *ask* about generics before laying out money for brand names.