Monday, January 02, 2006

Seeing is believing

Happy New Year! I’m still picking up the pieces from December, after much family and then the flu descended upon our household. But I’ll be back on the blogging track shortly and in the meantime, did anyone else notice how many pharmacies were closed today?

I did a little research on the matter (an extra day off for pharmacy people? anything to do with the Swiss holiday aptly called "Day After New Year's Day"?) and found out from my babysitter and ceskenoviny that the pharmacies were actually on something akin to a strike, waiting to hear if they really must lower their prices starting with the new year. Health Minister Philip Rath says they must, to reduce health insurance costs, but pharmacists across the country say „NE,“ they won’t until someone hands them a printed directive saying they must.

The directive was still at the printers today, so pharmacies stayed firmly closed.

In the meantime, if you need some cold medicine, the handy all night pharmacy on the corner of Belgicka and Namesti Miru is still open.

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1 comment:

Karla said...

Ouch! although I must admit price drops are always nice for the customer (and hope that I won't need to go to the pharmacy before they reopen).