I often wonder what it would be like to be able to just get my medication and treatment without the fuss of insurance, of having to figure out how to pay for it, of knowing I’ll be making a choice between meds and gas, or food, at times. I wonder what it’s like in countries that have national healthcare, where the stress of worrying over getting my needs met is at least mostly gone. Where I could walk to the pharmacy and get my prescription with just a small copay or no copay at all. Where my psychologist wouldn’t have to ask if I’m going to make a payment on my debt this time, and having to debate if I should work on my debt or buy gas to get to work. Where I wouldn’t have to reschedule with my psychiatrist because I can’t see her if I have a balance on my account, no matter the level of emergency.
What’s it like? I’m sure there are other stressors, there are always other stressors, but what’s it like to just… get the treatment you need?