My 87 year old mom is currently at the Psych ward in Fall River, RI. Her mental health has been deteriorating recently and we are looking into places that she might be comfortable at if and when she is no longer able to be at home in Wellfleet, Cape Cod with 24 hour care. [more inside]
posted by silsurf
on Jul 21, 2014 -
My income has changed but I don't want to switch to Medicaid. Will I just receive health tax credits on next year's tax return? [more inside]
posted by 1001 questions
on Jul 15, 2014 -
I have been paying $100/mo. for several years now for long-term care insurance with a carrier that is as good a bet as any in the market. But that is a big hit in my budget, and will be even bigger when I retire in a couple of years. It's kind of early in the overall history of this kind of insurance to be drawing conclusions from gathered data, but worst case, it could be just another corporate sleight-of-hand deal for sucking money out of the paycheck-to-paycheck crowd. I can not rely on family as an alternative strategy; I am in fairly good health so far. Should I consider this an essential expense?
posted by mmiddle
on Jan 27, 2014 -
Design degrees from Europe, 6 years experience as retail planner/analyst : want to move to health care specialist/analyst. [more inside]
posted by kirikara
on Jan 13, 2014 -
I need your opinion on going back to school. I currently work in healthcare in a hospital lab as a technician. I make good money don't get me wrong but I would like more responsability, more clinical diagnosis and treatment related job. I want to interact with patients and be a more important person than just a lab tech. I am thinking nursing school or physician assistant school. Please tell me the reality on the field, which one job gives you more satisfaction: pa or rn?i am 27, almost married,no kids, no house. I have a bachelor in biology/ medical technology.
Do you think the rn to nurse practitioner is a better option than the physician assistant?
posted by barexamfreak
on Dec 28, 2013 -
I am on the hunt for a review, overview, listing of, or any other compilation of sorts that you may find explaining all the different American quality indicator systems in health care, specifically nursing if you're that good. AHRQ, ANA, NDNQI, .... but a more inclusive list and description of all their individual quality outcome management recommendations. I've been searching for days and haven't really found exactly what I need or want. Thanks!
posted by acertainseason
on Dec 3, 2013 -
I'm self employed. I need health insurance. My main concern is a random ER visit that will put me in debt for the rest of my life, so I told my wife not to worry about deductible prices, since I only need to go in once every few years anyway.
She found something with a $4,000 deductible. And that was like $80/mo. The other ones were even more expensive. Is this price range right? Is this the only way to protect myself from crippling debt?
posted by brenton
on Apr 29, 2013 -
I might need to go back to work and I am thinking about a career change. I have held business analysts/planner positions in retail but while I enjoy the actual work, i don't enjoy the purpose/ field. Working retail is starting to feel a bit pointless, trying to sell more stuff to people all the time.
I am interested in taking my skills to a different field. Maybe a similar job but with a different goal. Namely healthcare administration could be what I am looking for. I'd would want to work for patient advocacy groups or in the government (ie: not trying to make an extra buck to private insurance). But to do that I figure I need to understand how the private system works too. [more inside]
posted by kirikara
on Mar 27, 2013 -
How are things looking over the next few years as far as health insurance costs in the US? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic
on Mar 15, 2013 -
My cat is sick. I have next to no money. Is there a really-truly-worth it pet insurance company you recommend? Or is there a place I can apply for financial assistance? [more inside]
posted by greta simone
on Jan 26, 2013 -
I need advice about the possibility living in Northern Alaska, Kotzebue/Nome/north of the 65th parallel. I have about a million logistical questions, a little disorganized, including questions about mental health problems, medications, getting specialist care. If you needed medical care on a regular basis several hundred miles away, how did you arrange that? Lots of other questions about living in the arctic! Help! [more inside]
posted by circle_b
on Jan 3, 2013 -
How do I get the most out of my new Health Services Account (HSA)? [more inside]
posted by apip
on Dec 17, 2012 -
I recently received an unexpected medical bill in the mail. Should I pay it, or should I ask my parents to pay it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 3, 2012 -
I have questions about applying for private insurance given that my family would like to get a quote (and hopefully a policy) so we can move to a different state. [more inside]
posted by questionsandanchors
on Mar 9, 2012 -
Can I request a therapist shred my information/notes, or send everything pertaining to me, to me via mail? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 10, 2012 -
What is the dividing line between mid-skilled and lower skilled workers in the health care industry, besides a degree? Is there a consistent set of responsibilities, qualifications that set them apart? Any kind of consensus as to what it required?
posted by LeonBernstein
on Jan 6, 2012 -
You're a young person, in your 20s or so, and you've noticed that quite a few of your similarly-aged peers & friends are in desperate need of care due to major mental and emotional health challenges - which are taking a toll on everything else. However, support services for this group are lacking. What could you learn or train in to be able to be a better source of support and care for your peer community? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Oct 20, 2011 -
I'm in the second week of a three month road trip in Wyoming with an infected tooth. I'm on a shoe string budget and I can't afford the extraction. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by chichimimizu
on Sep 14, 2011 -
Amazing skin forever? At my ritzy gym I constantly see older gentlemen with the most amazing skin quality: smooth, clear, even tone, even lightly tanned. What have they done to get/keep this peternatual skin quality and what can I do now as a younger man to get it?
posted by The Whelk
on Feb 18, 2011 -
Does there exist anywhere a database of medical procedure price lists to facilitate comparison shopping / competition? One of my local clinics offers a price list
on their website, albeit incomplete. I was wondering if anyone had taken the time to pull together a number of these. If not, someone should....perhaps a job for Google.
posted by grammalvsu
on Sep 15, 2010 -
I have catastrophic health insurance for the catastrophes. But until I reach that $3000 deductible, I'd really like to pay less than I currently am for checkups and other simple doctors visits.
For example, I recently went in for an ear infection. My doctor took a look and prescribed an antibiotic. It took 10m and I got a bill for $200. I'm not here to complain about how expensive health care is -- that's pretty well established and has been done plenty already -- but what are my more affordable alternatives? [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu
on Aug 17, 2010 -
How anyone (or anyone you know) benefited in one respect or another from the provisions in the new U.S. health care bill? I'm not asking this in Fox News-ish way, I am actually curious. [more inside]
posted by hiteleven
on Aug 4, 2010 -
My 83-year-old mom is thinking of moving to BC to be near me, which I would love. She's a US citizen. (I'm a US citizen, too, but I'm a Permanent Resident of Canada) Does anyone know how my mother would deal with issues such as insurance and health care? I don't think she'll ever be eligible for health care in Canada, so she would have to have something to fall back on if/when she needs health care.
posted by otfence
on Jul 29, 2010 -
Are employees of nursing homes and group homes (nurses, management, counselors) protected under the realm of workplace harassment laws when the harassment is from the family members of the residents? [more inside]
posted by jasonspaceman
on Jul 6, 2010 -
Symptoms seem to match Cushing's Disease, doctors just don't believe it. Help? [more inside]
posted by ®@
on Jun 2, 2010 -
Why isn't the new U.S. health care program a good thing? I am apolitical and a registered Independent, so I'm not looking for a two-party flame war, but having just read the list of things that health care will provide, the only possibly "bad" thing I see is that some people will be forced to buy insurance or pay a fine. But otherwise, these seem to be good measures. I'm not very savvy when it comes to current events, so what am I missing? Why are some people so angry?
posted by jackypaper
on Mar 23, 2010 -
What kind of preparations can I make for the post operative effects of circumcision? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 25, 2010 -
I'm about to purchase private health insurance in the US. How, if at all, should the impending health care reform legislation affect my decision-making process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jan 17, 2010 -
Had a beautiful baby girl a few months ago.
Previous baby due to excellent insurance cost exactly $0. This baby, with crappy Aetna insurance close to $4k. This is after deductible, and using a doctor that was non-preferred (which we paid more for) I am still puzzled how I ended up getting charged this much.
Anyway I got to thinking. Why is my out of pocket cost $4k for a birth with no complications? Why is the total cost for this birth $17 - $18k? [more inside]
posted by gnash
on Sep 4, 2009 -
I suspect I am suffering from Depression and I have no health insurance or current source of income - how do I get help? [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Mar 18, 2009 -
How can a homeless person who has been injured (stabbed, for instance) expect to be treated at a U.S. city hospital with no money or health insurance? Surely they wouldn't let him bleed to death? And if they do turn him away, what are his options?
posted by Sully
on Feb 1, 2009 -
I am trying to resolve some angry and anxious feelings I’m having about emergency medical care my husband received this weekend. Very long story inside. [more inside]
posted by jay dee bee
on Oct 26, 2008 -
What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes? [more inside]
posted by mintchip
on Oct 18, 2008 -
YANMD: Self-diagnosed high-groin sprain. Chronic for more than six weeks, further aggravated when I tripped in the airport today. It seems that the negative stress of catching myself completely tweaked it. 39yo Caucasian male [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Oct 3, 2008 -
I am working as a home health aide in a private home and need some information about maternity leave. Details inside.
posted by Snoogylips
on Jun 3, 2008 -
How to advocate for and aid a desperately ill, uninsured man in California? [more inside]
posted by Scram
on Jan 3, 2008 -
My mom went to visit my 96 year old grandmother in the nursing home today and found her slumped over in the wheelchair, drooling, clammy and unresponsive. The nursing staff said this had happened before (we were not informed then). They didn't think she had stroke, only possibly that her blood pressure had dropped. However, it was within normal limits when they got her back into bed. She was able to say "no", when asked if she was in pain. The only medication she is on is aricept. Aside from her age, what would cause her to lose conciousness like this?
posted by socrateaser
on Feb 19, 2007 -
I'm trying to help out a friend /wout health insurance who needs some psych counceling in NYC. I remember hearing about something attached to a college, where it was $25 or $50 an hour. Any info?
posted by andrewyakovlev
on Dec 6, 2006 -
Please help a small business owner find an insurance plan that covers maternity and isn't 700 a month. What have you used? [more inside]
posted by BrodieShadeTree
on Aug 15, 2006 -