Am now on Day 5 of life without health insurance. Thanks to suggestions here I contacted the state health commissioner. They said that Pacificare was within their rights to cancel us at any time--yes, even retroactively--since we went beyond the COBRA period. They ARE obligated to offer us a conversion policy, however, which they kindly (not!) did--for ONLY $996 per month.Went today to a private doctor to get help for the bladder infection that's been plaguing me for 4 months. The basic office visit was only $68. Not too bad, I thought. Then they said that lab tests would run extra. Try $335! Since I hadn't responded to regular antibiotics, the doctor prescribed Flagyl. Picked it up at the pharmacy--$100 for 15 tablets. (That's $6.66 per pill. A coincidence? I think not.) Took one with lunch, and two hours later, had horrible nausea and nuclear-strength "D." Did I just flush $6.66 down the toilet? At this rate, I can't afford to ever get sick again (yeah, right). Maybe if I could get rid of IBS, anxiety attacks and immune system problems, I could find a job that has benefits. But then I wouldn't need them! Better still, just take me out in the back yard and shoot me!Whatever happened to free clinics? Anyone remember these from the '60s? Drs. donated their spare time and everyone was welcome. Oh well, thanks for letting me vent. Time to go detonate another $6.66 in my intestines.