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Stethescope on top of pile of money
I hate going to the doctor. It isn't the poking, prodding, shots, and blood draws. It is the cost. It seems like whenever, I go to the doctor it ends up costing me at least $50 per visit. It is generally $50 I don't really have. So when I got the call from the clinic saying I needed to schedule a physical I was dreading what it would cost.

Now, I could have just skipped the physical; however, with my family health history it is not a wise thing to do. So I scheduled the appointment and adjusted my budget so that I would have enough money to go in for my check-up.

The day finally arrived and I left work early. An unexpected expense had come up, I would have to put this visit on a credit card.

I walked up to the self-check in kiosk and put in my member number. It never asked for my co-pay. I asked the receptionist how I could pay for this visit.

"Are you here for a physical?" she asked.

"Yes Ma'am." I responded.

"There are no co-pays for physicals anymore. It is part of the Affordable Care Act." She said in her obviously memorized spiel.

I spent the next half hour with my Doctor, changed one medication, got two shots, a physical examination and had blood drawn for tests.

The entire visit cost me $6 and that was for the new medication.

I am not sure how the GOP will be able to run on repealing the ACA when more people start having experiences like mine.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 03:50 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

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