Unfortunately we did not win Powerball last night but it sparked an interesting conversation. Do wealthy (US) people have health insurance? I would think that once you hit a certain amount of wealth you could go ahead and drop it, right? Like $50 million or so? Which made us discuss how someone like Sunny von Bulow could be kept in luxurious surroundings for most of her comatose life. Would her family have paid out of pocket or are rich people dealing with same health insurance BS that the rest of us do? I mean she was in a coma for years, it had to have cost a small fortune.
posted by lasamana
on Sep 19, 2013 -
My brother has been diagnosed with an acute form of leukemia, and is currently in the ICU. What we know is that he's not going to die tonight. He's got some life left in him. They're not sure about the precise form yet, that will take some time.
But in the meantime, we have a problem: he's 31, recently unemployed, and uninsured. My family is far from being able to afford out of pocket health costs. And from all the doctors, drugs, machines he's been hooked up to in the past 10 hours, I know the bill is already creeping into the many tens of thousands of dollars.
So my question to MeFites is: what are our options? How do we pay for this? We have very few assets, although I'm sure we'd sell the family home to keep my brother alive for a few more years. But apart from that, we've got nothing substantial. (I'm a graduate student, and my mother is a self-employed seamstress. My father is unemployed). Are there any gov't programs available? Can he go on Medicaid? Etc. I'm having trouble finding hard info on people in his particular situation (not a minor, not elderly, and diagnosed with cancer). Help!
posted by dis_integration
on Jul 31, 2013 -
I'm almost certain I just severed the tendon in my pinky...the bleeding is under control but I cannot bend it. I have severe fear of ER costs due to bad past experiences that cost me lots and lots of money. How bad is this, and can it wait for an Urgent Care place? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Feb 22, 2013 -
I want to fly out to see my boyfriend, and can afford to cover all costs myself. Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 6, 2012 -
Trying to make sense of our closing costs when purchasing a newly constructed home in Kaufman county (right outside of Dallas, TX) Mainly, property taxes. [more inside]
posted by phox
on Jul 7, 2012 -
How much does a masters course in London usually end up costing? [more inside]
posted by Fen
on Jul 7, 2012 -
I've seen a job posting in Brighton, UK, and the job looks great. But I know nothing about the city. Help me figure out if it could be right for me! [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat
on Jun 10, 2012 -
How extreme is the price difference between generic antidepressants of various types and their non-generic counterparts in Australia, assuming one has a prescription and a medicare card? [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Oct 27, 2011 -
Routine non-emergency hernia surgery--unmet insurance deductible and wondering if there are any cost-cutting ideas we will wish we had known when we get the bill for the surgery. Assuming the hospital won't just shout out ideas if we call them, so...any ideas? [more inside]
posted by circular
on Sep 26, 2011 -
Taking my dance classes to the next level...am I at the most expensive dance studio in town? [more inside]
posted by laroodles
on May 20, 2011 -
My research group currently tracks our expenses (for lab supplies, travel, etc.) by printing copies of receipts and then manually tallying them in an Excel spreadsheet. Can anyone recommend a web service that will make this process easier? We'd prefer something free (or self-hosted), but are open to low-cost options as well. [more inside]
posted by Aanidaani
on Oct 13, 2010 -
What is the best way to get a second generation iPad when it comes out in exchange for my current one?
The most cost effective way would be the best.
posted by antgly
on Aug 10, 2010 -
I went to the emergency room a few months ago for a back injury, and, to be honest, I don't feel like the medical services provided to me were adequate. I saw a doctor for about 45 seconds the entire time I was there. When I was leaving, they gave me information for "if my chest started hurting later," despite my protests that my back was the injured part, and the next day, I discovered the X-rays they had taken were of my chest, not my back. Now that I have the bill, can I contest it? [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana
on Aug 8, 2010 -
This is a four-part question, in which I ask: how much profit does a merchant typically make on the following products and services: A $2.00 slice of plain pizza, a $5.50 cycle on a laundromat clothes washer, a $1.50 box of strawberries and a $0.25 cycle of 8-10 minutes in a laundromat dryer? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet
on Mar 28, 2010 -
Some less common types of building construction (e.g. Straw bale, earth, adobe, tires) seem like they would be cheaper than the standard balloon wooden houses that are built these days. Assuming you could find knowledgeable workers, which type would be the least expensive to build, but would still meet modern construction codes?
posted by mmf
on Feb 7, 2010 -
When the time comes, I'd like for it to be possible for me to stay at home for at least a year after a baby is born (I am not pregnant yet).
I guess this is two questions. First, how much should I have saved up to care for baby for the first year and secondly, how much should I have saved up to cover myself for the year? [more inside]
posted by mittenbex
on Jul 15, 2009 -
How am I supposed to make financial projections for a business plan when I don't even know how much money I'd earn in a month? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on May 19, 2009 -
Sold internationally on eBay (I'll never do it again) but couldn't ship via the method the buyer wanted. Do I refund the difference, or chalk it up to lessons learned? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead
on Mar 6, 2009 -
My SO and I recently got engaged. We're pretty chill folk, and are looking to have a medium-to-large wedding (150-200 people) but constrain costs to well under $10K. We have flexibility on timing and location, but we're aiming for MA/NH/VT/ME/RI of 2009. The question I want to ask of the married MeFi hive is: of the things you spent money on for your wedding, what was most worth it? What was least worth it?
posted by Dzolali
on Nov 19, 2008 -
When buying a house is it better to have the seller pay the closing costs or to reduce the sale price of the home? [more inside]
posted by jclovebrew
on Oct 1, 2008 -
Getting back to social gaming/console gaming, and other related considerations from an ex-hXc gamer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jul 10, 2008 -
Streaming radio production cost: what is the cost to a local radio station for internet streaming of one program to one listener? Not just the cost of paying the royalty cost of a national program (like Prairie Home Companion}, but the local costs incurred by the station, e.g. servers, software, staff time devoted to webcasting. Bonus question: is it more or less expensive than the cost of downloading a single podcast to a single listener?
posted by bbranden1
on Apr 30, 2008 -
Simple set of calculations/spreadsheet formulas for thinking about the true cost of starting a business or going freelance? [more inside]
posted by garfy3
on Feb 10, 2008 -
Hivemind, can you help me work out if my friend will be covered by the health system in trying to see a psychologist in Ontario? [more inside]
posted by opsin
on Oct 20, 2007 -
How can I determine or calculate the average amount a company pays for healthcare/benefits for a single full-time employee? [more inside]
posted by Asherah
on Aug 15, 2007 -
I'm organising the hiring of a car for myself and 2 other people who are a couple. I'll be paying for the car upfront - should I ask them for half of the amount or two-thirds? [more inside]
posted by jontyjago
on May 2, 2007 -
What is the average range cost for an abortion? I know there are different procedures and costs most likely vary depending on health insurance? But I just need some basic idea because I cannot talk to a health professional until monday, and I want some idea. Please no moral judgements!
posted by bilbo baggins
on Mar 17, 2007 -
I have been asked to rapidly (tomorrow night) put together a plan to re-launch/re-design a website. What are the pitifalls/costs/technical factors that of which I should be made aware? [more inside]
posted by Duck_Lips
on May 7, 2006 -
I need some help finding general
numbers/info about how much a small organization (around 50 employees) should expect to pay for IT support and services.
posted by yeahyeahyeahwhoo
on Feb 2, 2004 -