There is a deep irony in the public funding of science. Billions are spent by governments to fund research in science and medicine. This research is done by scientists, many of whom are employed by government, through research institutes and universities. The results of this research are published in journals. However, even though the research is paid for the public, the public cannot freely access it.
Indeed, it strikes me as profoundly weird when I read a news article about some great new research finding but I can't simply click on a link and see the raw article.