While Washington goes in circles over healthcare I’m going to be stocking up on prescription drugs over here in France. I know people always talk about the low cost of European and Canadian prescription drugs but I didn’t know just how easy it was to secure these pills until today.
Unfortunately I am not sexual active on this trip but I still like to be on birth control (a little regulation is convenient when you’re traveling and unsure where your next clean toilet will be). So this morning I walked three blocks to the local Lyon pharmacie and gave them my US prescription birth control package and asked if they could give me the same kind. The guy behind the counter whipped out a massive dictionary of prescription drugs, found the same one, got me three months worth and said, “That will be 5.80 euro, please”. Say whaaaat?? WITH the best healthcare plan in the US I paid $25 for three months worth of the same pills and had to have a “note” from my doctor. Merci beaucoup, France.