I think of all the passive-aggressive attacks poorly disguised as well-meaning attempts at psychoanalysis from a stranger on the internet that I've seen, this was by far the funniest. I think the last sentence really ties it together. If you were writing this as a satirical commentary on people who make those kinds of attacks you would be a comical genius.
I also love how in your first paragraph you are criticising me for my example of a patient put in a very unfair position (a situation which is 100% inevitable based on the new policy) on the grounds that "realistically, how often does that happen?" So the number of patients that happens to probably is rather small, so who cares? Then, at the end of your second paragraph you conclude that you have so much empathy for this poor, random person on the internet that you've never met that you genuinely hope I somehow manage to overcome my clearly deeply pathological obsession with this imagined "injustice," for otherwise I will surely die a lonely, bitter old man.
I've been thinking from the beginning of this conversation that it is interesting the way that people use words like "inconvenience," apparently to try to trivialize things to set up attempts at making me look petty. I don't think it really matters to me if we choose to use a word like that. Even just inconveniencing patients without good reason isn't right if you ask me. It also isn't a question of magnitude, as some people have implied. Yes, there are bigger injustices in the world; ISIS is worse than this policy. Yes, there are greater struggles that an individual may be forced to cope with in life. Yes, the patient in my example might be able to get to Walmart before they close and in so doing avoid the 14 hours of unnecessary pain. But it will cost them more than if they had gotten the prescription at an in-system pharmacy. And it will "inconvenience" them. I personally think that is enough to conclude that it isn't right.
Side Note: Repliers who said things like, "I agree this is messed-up, but it isn't the end of the world," please don't think any of my rhetorical ripostes are directed towards you. We are, I think, in exact agreement. My original question was, "Is this messed-up?"