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    1. Good news: I'll be starting my new work in Cape Town, South Africa soon. Not so good news: I have depression, and is currently on the antidepressant Sertraline. My question would be the following:...

      Good news: I'll be starting my new work in Cape Town, South Africa soon.

      Not so good news: I have depression, and is currently on the antidepressant Sertraline.

      My question would be the following:

      How are prescriptions of the antidepressant handled in the South African health care system? Can I obtain, from either a GP or a Specialist, a sort of "long-standing" prescription, valid for (say) a few months, that will allow me to refill at pharmacies or dispensing GPs, without me having to be referred to a Specialist each time I need a refill? I understand that recurring examinations by a Specialist are likely necessary, but I don't expect those to be frequent, as my condition is fairly stable now.

      Also a related question: I'm otherwise young and physically healthy, not affected by chronic conditions except depression. However, it seems that any health insurance schemes there that cover my condition would be rather expensive. Those policies typically include a broad coverage of chronic conditions, most of which I don't foresee a need. For one like myself, what suggestion would you give in terms of health insurance selection?

      Many many thanks <3

      7 votes
    2. I'm not very familiar with how government works in the US, and I've always had this question. Like, if states are reasonably independent, and it seems like there are some states who lean way more...

      I'm not very familiar with how government works in the US, and I've always had this question.

      Like, if states are reasonably independent, and it seems like there are some states who lean way more into the socially liberal side of the spectrum from providing universal healthcare (or at least some better healthcare policies) on their own?

      21 votes