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Scrubs for a tall skinny guy?

Where can I buy scrubs that fit me? I'm a tall, skinny guy (6' 1", 31" waist) and would like to buy several sets of scrubs in neutral colors. Suggestions of online sources, chain stores or local places (currently in the DC area) are all welcome.
posted by killdevil on Jun 4, 2014 - 3 answers

I don't want it, I just need it.

Please help me mitigate/cope with my feelings about doctors/insurance and have the best visit with a general practitioner that I can after 10 years of being uninsured. This way lies snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by koucha on Apr 28, 2014 - 39 answers

Health insurance conundrum

I am totally paralyzed with indecision about the health insurance options I have at work this coming year. Halp! High deductible plan with an HSA vs tried-and-true HMO. [more inside]
posted by banjo_and_the_pork on Dec 10, 2013 - 32 answers

What could I do if I leave pre-med?

What other options are there besides pre-med? [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ on Oct 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Foreign tongue depressors

Let's say you have medical condition ABC that can be treated with XYZ and you live in the United States. How does one become a medical tourist, defined by going outside the country for XYZ? It seems unlikely your doctor will acquiesce to sending you out of the country to get treatment with another doctor. How does the process begin, where patients can connect with the right doctors and facilities to arrange treatment? How do people evaluate the quality of treatment and follow-up care? Are there medial tourism "groups" that specialize in particular health issues? If you did this, what was your experience like and what recommendations would you have for issues or "gotchas" to look out for? [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Aug 5, 2013 - 8 answers

How does a millenial pay for cancer, in Florida, without insurance?

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 - 19 answers

Help me buy my own health insurance.

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 - 31 answers

How high can a fever get before seeking care?

Feeling ill yesterday and today, with a fever, slight cough, stuffed nose, sore joints. Taking dayquil and nyquil, and keeping track of my temperature every few hours. What temperature means "go to the hospital?" What other symptoms re: the cough and nose might man go to the hospital? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Apr 22, 2013 - 28 answers

Another US health insurance question

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 - 7 answers

I'm not sure if I should discontinue my health insurance or not.

I'm not sure if i should discontinue my health coverage or not, and how to handle it - and if there's any way to *temporarily* discontinue my health coverage. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Deciphering individual health insurance plans

I'm trying to figure out the best choice for individual health insurance for myself, and I'd like to have it pay for my currently-out-of-pocket therapy, but I have questions about how this works. Does therapy count as an "office visit"? Do I actually want insurance to cover therapy? (I'm in the US.) [more inside]
posted by mysh on Jan 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Is the new insurance company pulling a fast one?

US-InsuranceFilter: How do I know if an insurance plan is grandfathered under the new ACA "coverage of young adults" policies? The insurance company is acting like it is, but won't answer direct questions about being grandfathered. [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Nov 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Affordable student health insurance in New York?

I have recently lost my health insurance. While it is possible I will be reinstated to the plan I lost, which is provided in conjunction with my school, I need to be insured again ASAP, and I don't mind the possibility of doubling up on insurance for a short period of time. New Yorkers, do you know of any affordable (<$500 or so per month) plans I might be eligible for? I am a full time college student. [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 25, 2012 - 9 answers

My girlfriend might have lost her insurance, and we need help.

AskMe: we need help. My girlfriend just found out that her health insurance was terminated for non-payment (she thought she had paid it, and when I get home this evening we'll double-check our accounts to see what happened.) Whether the error was hers or the insurance company's, the company has stated that it'll take them 10-14 days to know whether or not they can reinstate the plan regardless. She has a pre-existing condition (ADHD), so consistent coverage is very important - and Ms. MP is starting to freak out. What's our next move, and how do we get through this? [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Apr 19, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I find out if some bigger health problem is causing thus depression?

Depression! But maybe it's hypothyroidism? Dr google tells me it might be cancer (ovarian or bowel) when I add in the other health changes I've had over the last year. Hope me? What do I ask? Who do I see? No insurance. Location and gmail inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2011 - 13 answers

My brother needs his knee fixed but can't pay for it.

My brother was scheduled to have knee surgery, but has just lost insurance coverage. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Oct 26, 2011 - 16 answers

Are all hospitals like this?

How can I make the most of a loved one's unwanted hospital stay? I want him to get the best care possible, I want to avoid insurance conflicts, I want to support his recovery efforts, and I want to avoid going insane. [more inside]
posted by croutonsupafreak on May 24, 2011 - 22 answers

How to spend a small amount of health savings acocunt money.

What is the most effective way to use ~$250 of HSA money while it's available? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Mar 20, 2011 - 15 answers

How to find a doctor? (Chicago recommendations accepted!)

I am looking for a general-care doctor, a gynecologist, and possibly a psychologist/psychiatrist in Chicago. Do you have any recommendations? Is there a website for this? A secret doctor directory? How does one go about finding good healthcare? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 9 answers

DIY Health Insurance - Can it be done?

What's stopping people in the U.S. from forming health care co-ops? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Nov 21, 2010 - 19 answers

How should healthcare professionals act when they (or their loved ones) are patients?

Health-care workers of MeFi: how do you act around doctors when you or a family member is receiving care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 - 19 answers

I need surgery and don't have insurance. What are my options?

I need surgery and don't have insurance. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by christonabike on Oct 7, 2010 - 21 answers

How can they pay for my treatment without bollixing my SSDI?

How can I accept money from a relative for medical costs without screwing up my SSDI? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Is there such a thing as a health insurance purchasing adviser?

Is there such a thing as a health insurance purchasing adviser? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Sep 7, 2010 - 6 answers

Help us consume more health care!

I am on a high-deductible health care plan and have maxed out my plan year out-of-pocket expenses. Our plan year ends in 2 months. Since it won't "cost" us anything more out-of-pocket, what additional elective procedures or tests does it make sense for me and my family to get in the next 2 months? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 13, 2010 - 15 answers

When to get a new plan under Obamacare?

Should I switch health insurance providers now, or wait, given Obamacare? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Mar 30, 2010 - 7 answers

Doctor, Doctor Gimme the News!

Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Mar 23, 2010 - 29 answers

Obama's obesity task force

Anyone know who's on Michelle Obama's childhood obesity task force? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I refute a preexisting condition for an eating disorder?

I was rejected for individual health insurance with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California due to the preexisting condition of bulimia. I have been told by Kaiser that I can appeal the denial by providing evidence that I have resolved the bulimia. The issue is I do not have much evidence and Kaiser gave me very little direction on how to proceed. If any of you have had experience with this, what type of information did you provide and how did you obtain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Should future health care reform change my health insurance decisions today?

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 - 3 answers

Why Should You Use Social Networking at Work?

Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Oct 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Bo Knows . . .

Health Mystery Solved. I have been given a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. My general practitioner relayed these results to me after she saw my MRI results. On Friday I meet with an orthopedic surgeon. Please help me prepare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

How can I prevent a future health insurance co from discovering a previous dematology treatment and use it for denial of insurance?

I'm an American without health insurance, who needs (minor) dermatological care... how worried should I be that this will prevent me from getting private health care insurance in a year or so (denial due to prior condition)? And what can I do to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2009 - 15 answers

Best Way to Get Healthcare While Back in the US

I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 18, 2009 - 13 answers

What the hell happened to the health care system

I don't understand why health care suddenly costs so damn much. I can understand a few factors - nurses' pay has gone up, new treatments are more expensive (and doctors prescribe more expensive treatments - sometimes unnecissarily) but these factors don't seem to explain how insanely costly health care has become. And where is all that money going? Again, I understand that CEO pay has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, but is that enough to explain the enormous cost of health care these days? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 28, 2008 - 43 answers

Need home health care / home aide in NY

Help. Please. (Live-in?) Home Health Care in NY. Really long explanation inside. [more inside]
posted by exlotuseater on Oct 29, 2008 - 6 answers

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes?

What are innovative ideas for healthcare to save money, increase efficiency and improve outcomes? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Oct 18, 2008 - 14 answers

Groin/Hip Strain/Sprain

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 - 5 answers

Help me stock my medicine cabinet...

What should a well-stocked medicine cabinet contain? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys on May 19, 2008 - 30 answers

Feeling (down) under the weather

What's it like to be sick in Australia? [more inside]
posted by um_maverick on May 2, 2008 - 27 answers

CEEMEA news sources?

Best/accurate/easy to access sources of Central & Eastern Europe and Middle East / Africa (CEEMEA) news? Global newspapers or local? Which are best? [more inside]
posted by keasby on Apr 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Managing medical bils?

What is a good way to manage numerous medical bills and insurance EOBs? [more inside]
posted by daniboi1977 on Feb 12, 2008 - 5 answers

First they take away my tuna fish...

California legal/medical/ethical question: In advance of my going to the hospital to give birth within the next few weeks, I decided to download and fill out California's standard Advance Health Care Directive form, i.e. a living will (and to have my husband fill his out too, as long as we were at it). However, Google informs me via multiple sources that this form, even if signed and notarized, is "not valid if pregnant". WTF? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Oct 21, 2007 - 15 answers

Perks of having a health plan?

How can I make the most of my new health-care plan? [more inside]
posted by ism on Oct 11, 2007 - 9 answers

Doctor, doctor...how do I choose?

How do I choose a primary care physician? [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Jul 27, 2007 - 12 answers

Going private in Hong Kong

In short: how does my father, trapped in a hospital bed, get a private doctor and a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic on May 30, 2007 - 2 answers

Dealing with the no-health-insurance lifestyle?

Have any tips for living (in the US) without health insurance? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Jan 7, 2007 - 25 answers

Affordable independent health insurance?

How do I get affordable personal health insurance? [more inside]
posted by blueplasticfish on Nov 21, 2006 - 7 answers

Is homeopathy good for society?

Is homeopathy good for society? How should it be regulated? Are there any good studies to this effect? [more inside]
posted by Arcaz Ino on Nov 21, 2006 - 24 answers

Gonorrhea -- Now What?

So I think I went out and got myself a case of gonorrhea. (Just what I always wanted!) What are my treatment options for getting this taken care of ASAP? I understand that it can generally be handled with a course of antibiotics... but how can I best go about getting them? I don't have a regular doctor right now -- I've just made an appointment with a new doctor for the end of the month, but I'd prefer to get on top of this before then (since leaving it unattended for more than two weeks seems like a bad idea). I'm a gay guy in NYC, so advice specific to that milieu would be superb, but in the name of creating a valuable reference thread I'd be interested to see information aimed at less specific contexts as well. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2006 - 15 answers

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