Doctors: Cacoefnes Praescribendi

When Britain's National Health Service began offering medical care and prescriptions with no direct charge to the patient, doomsayers prophesied that doctors' offices would be filled with hypochondriacs demanding chits for tonics. As it turned out, there was less of this trouble than had been feared, and what there was of it has been gradually dying out. But few critics foresaw that on single prescriptions, which now cost patients only 28¢, a lunatic fringe of doctors might prescribe whatever a patient asked for, in unlimited quantities and at fantastic cost to Her...

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