Last week, I argued that Americans should—like people in nearly all other countries—be able to buy a pair of glasses or contacts without a costly doctor’s prescription. It caused quite a stir. Especially among optometrists. Here’s my reply. [Thread.]
In every country I’ve ever lived, I could buy whatever pair of glasses or contacts I wanted—no prescription necessary. Except in the United States. It’s high time we put Americans in charge of their own vision care. Abolish mandatory eye exams! [Thread.]
It’s like every segment in American healthcare is designed to decrease access and waste money.
Something I've often wondered, too --- why must Americans pay for a medical exam and prescription in order to purchase glasses? It's not like that, well, pretty much anywhere else. terrific piece from for the
"Why does the United States require people who want to purchase something as simple as a curved piece of plastic to get a prescription, preceded by a costly medical exam?" asks
“Like the citizens of virtually every other country around the world, Americans should be allowed to buy any pair of glasses or set of contact lenses at a moment’s notice...Put Americans in charge of their own vision care, and abolish mandatory eye exams.”
The amount of rent-seeking in the American health care system is too damn high
So true. There is so much rent seeking in the US economy. Rooting it out should be a priority.
Why It's So Difficult to Buy Contacts in the U.S. - The Atlantic Cc ⁦
It’s high time to put an end to the great American eye-exam scam. Let’s abolish mandatory eye exams! Please share my call-to-arms . [End.]
Rent seeking of this sort is enabled by government policy via legislation. In most cases, it is simply not possible as unilateral commercial action. The solution is to change laws to end governmental restrictions of supply.
"Like the citizens of virtually every other country around the world, Americans should be allowed to buy any pair of glasses or set of contact lenses at a moment’s notice."
Why It's So Difficult to Buy Contacts in the U.S. - The Atlantic
"One possible reason for such strict vision-wear rules is that many people have a financial interest in this burdensome system... It is little wonder, then, that American optometrists spend a lot of money on lobbying."
The Great American Eye-Exam Scam I’ve been saying this for years...
Why It’s So Difficult to Buy Contacts in the U.S.
In the past few weeks, I've had about three text messages and ten emails from my optometrist reminding me to have a new eye exam because the old one ran out. To which I say, once again: Abolish mandatory eye exams!
Totally agree with this. Ridiculous that prescription glasses and contacts are for not for everyone and only those that can afford the scam of an exam
So until someone shows me compelling evidence that the burden imposed on disadvantaged people by the cost of a compulsory medical exam is justified by the benefits, I stick to my position. Abolish mandatory eye exams! Please spread the word... [End.]
Why It's So Difficult to Buy Contacts in the U.S. - The Atlantic The same argument applies to birth control pills. This is why health costs are so obscene.
Why is it so difficult to get a new pair of glasses or contacts in the US? - “Put Americans in charge of their own vision care, and abolish mandatory eye exams”
"Why does the United States require people who want to purchase something as simple as a curved piece of plastic to get a prescription, preceded by a costly medical exam?" asks
The Great American Eye-Exam Scam
"Why does the United States require people who want to purchase something as simple as a curved piece of plastic to get a prescription, preceded by a costly medical exam?" asks