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Opinion: Government-mandated prescription requirements would cost Michigan

March 19, 2019, Kathleen Slonager, The Detroit News

Americans consistently cite healthcare costs and access as some of their highest concerns. Imagine a situation where costs and access become even worse.

Allergy season is right around the corner here in Michigan and plenty of us will be affected by the pollen in the air. Imagine there’s just enough floating around to make you feel uncomfortably congested. It isn’t excruciating, but you certainly don’t feel your best. You can’t let that stop you, so you go to your local pharmacy to pick up your tried-and-true allergy medicine.

Now imagine you walk up to the pharmacy counter and instead of showing your ID and signing a logbook, your pharmacist apologizes and tells you that she now needs a prescription from your doctor.

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