I have some medical bills that my late husband apparently accrued in the last months of his life. I've been trying to figure out for what and how to get them covered by his insurance for months now and it appears that it's gone to collections. What should I do? [more inside]
UK Healthcare: Is there a way of remaining registered with your GP when recently homeless and staying with friends in other cities? Or accessing GP services generally without a permanent address? [more inside]
I have a law license but have never practiced. I work in public health but want to go back to the private sector. It occurs to me that health care compliance would make some sense based on my background, and there is a program at one of the law schools in town where I could get a certificate in it. This would take a year and cost $10k. Is this a smart move or would I be getting suckered into paying for a gimmick credential?
My elderly and mentally ill aunt appointed me as her health care proxy and it has been invoked. I'm specifically interested in what rights I now have in regards to her living situation. [more inside]
TL;DR: I'm looking for a body-positive/HAES-friendly internist in Boston, one who is covered under Commonwealth Care. [more inside]
In the film A Beautiful Mind, John Nash struggles with realistic hallucinations of imaginary people. At one point, a representative from the Nobel Prize approaches Nash, and Nash checks with a student familiar to him to verify that the Nobel rep is real. How would someone in Nash's position know that the student was real? How would such a person establish the reality of anything? [more inside]
In the UK an employee's salary is subject to deductions – national insurance, income tax at varying brackets etc. How does this compare to New Zealand? [more inside]
I am an only child in my early 30s; my mom is in her late 50s. I have a good income, while she does not really make a living wage and has no retirement savings or pension. I am committed to taking care of her, and I want to try thinking about our finances in a unified way. [more inside]
Hi I'm 27 and I live with my grandparents. My grandfather has always been the infrastructure to our family, but a year from now he experienced a blood clot in his brain that required surgery as well as placing a heart pacer in. Surgery went well but the doctors explained to us that my grandfather may likely never be able to do some of the things that he's so accustomed to doing for himself. Its been a full year and hard is an understatement, he has fell in a depression and my grandmother always seems to be stressed and depressed herself. He fights to drive his vehicles everyday and he wants to be able to help in ways he can't anymore. Last night he tried drinking a energy drink and it was so hard to redirect him. Does anyone know of anyway to help him? I really would like to help my grandmother but i feel as though he looks at me as his grandchild and not a man.
I recently saw a neurologist for my chronic cough, which has been diagnosed as neurogenic by a cough specialist. The appt was one of the worst medical experiences I've had. While I don't know if he did anything illegal, I'd like to report him somewhere. I'm also wondering if there's a way to get out of paying him. More inside. [more inside]
Responsible mefites, how do you keep your ear canals clean without the illicit bliss of cotton buds? [more inside]
I am going back to New Orleans for next month. Since medicaid was just expanded in Louisiana, in the event of a health emergency, will my NY state medicaid work down there?
What can I do about an $800 hospital bill? And can an ultrasound really be $1700? [more inside]
I was accompanying a friend who was picking up a prescription for nitroglycerin pills at a supermarket pharmacy and was surprised to see that the price was $30 for around 20 pills (he doesn't have insurance so this was retail price, not a copay). I was curious so I checked Walmart's list of $4 drugs and found nitroglycerin is not on the list. I checked a drug price comparison website and it also listed prices in the $20-30 range. Nitroglycerin has been used medically for 130 years (no patent) and seems like it can't be expensive to make, I thought for sure it would be dirt cheap like generic prozac, amoxicillin, etc. Anyone have an idea/theory why it's so expensive?
Working on a project, and I'm trying to figure out what drugs may or may not be on a formulary. [more inside]
I'm a pharmacy student pursuing post-grad training. How do I write a strong letter of intent to convince program directors that I'm the best person for the position? [more inside]
I'm about to age out of my parent's healthcare system (turning 26 late December) and as a stroke of unfortunate timing I'm completely out of a job right now. I'm incredibly uninformed about how the new US healthcare system is set up other than a vague knowledge that there's potentially a fine for not having insurance, but I don't even know how much or when it'd kick in. My question is, basically: As someone unemployed and living in Massachusetts, either how much would I have to pay to buy my own insurance (and where would I go to do so) or how much is the fee for me if I can't actually buy it?
Hey! Looking for examples of really innovative health care systems, that have found new ways to improve patient health, reduce costs, and improve overall patient experiences. Iora is famously innovative. Open Dialogue in Norway is a great example. Others? [more inside]
As my life unfolds, there is in the short term a growing likelihood I may need to seek residential treatment / hospitalization for major depression. I’m finding it very hard to do research, as most easily accessible search engine results appear (to me) to have been gamed or SEO’d, and what few respectable websites I do come across are barebones or tight-lipped. Perhaps this is because of a wider turn from institutionalization or residential treatment. But still I have questions, and I’d be grateful for any insight... [more inside]
My husband and I are Americans who have been living in the UK for 15 years. We are thinking of returning to the US. We are self-employed. Where do we even begin to look for health coverage? [more inside]
Two of my spawn are down with strep throat today. I shared utensils (ick) with one of them on Sunday, and have some business-related travel on Thursday. I have no symptoms, yet. Should I go to my primary care doctor and ask for an antibiotic prescription? [more inside]
I'm from the first world. I work for a first world company. I receive a first world wage. Like many people on this site. You would probably find me completely average. But I live in a country that is poor, with a lot of inequality. [more inside]
My fabulous new spouse and I are about to jet off from the UK on our honeymoon in the southern US (GA, AL, MS, TN). I'm in good health and have full travel insurance but tend to get 2-3 urinary tract infections in the course of an average year. I'm a little paranoid about getting one while I'm over there and would rather not end up accessing unduly expensive treatment for this very routine minor ailment and having to claim it on insurance etc. Where do I go for treatment? [more inside]
For a month now I have been involved in a Kafkaesque nightmare with a local hospital billing department. I am convinced that they have a thief in their employ but I cannot figure out how to convince them of this or to positively make my case. [more inside]
My mother recently had a wretched time at Reston hospital. She doesn't want to go back there, nor do the rest of us. We'd like to have a plan about a better hospital to go to the next time there is an emergency. We've looked at Yelp, etc., but would like some more filtered insight into our options in the area.
I recently lost my healthcare coverage and would like to explore scenarios for obtaining coverage for my estranged wife and the rest of my family. [more inside]
The insurance provided by my former employer ends on July 31 for my partner and me. COBRA is cost prohibitive ($1900 a month for both of us). So, now we are turning to the New York Healthcare Exchange. We need a navigator, but I'm not sure how to find a good one to help us with our snowflakes. Seeking recs and advise. [more inside]
I am not irresponsible! I am a US Citizen who lives in a European country, where I am on state health insurance. We are back in the US for three months, and have temporary, emergency health insurance here. (We are not eligible, as non US residents, for ACA insurance.) I find myself unexpectedly but happily pregnant, with a few more months in the US to go before we return. How do I get prenatal care? [more inside]
Will the availability of COBRA keep a person from qualifying for a Marketplace plan and/or subsidies? [more inside]
I'd like to pay for my parents health insurance so they can stop working. But I'm unclear on how to proceed. [more inside]
I'm an NP interested in doing locum tenens work. I am looking for more information on how this works, and any experience or advice you'd like to share. Details below the fold. [more inside]
I have worked for the federal government for five years (2 on Capitol Hill and 3 in SLC) and also for a well respected local nonprofit here in Salt Lake City, UT for the past two years. I'm Associate Director and things are good. However, unless I become Exec. Director there isn't much upward mobility. Plus, I wrote another question earlier this year about avoiding burnout, which is a problem with nonprofits, long hours, small staffs, etc. What I'm saying is I can't see working in the nonprofit world long term. I don't really see myself transferring to another nonprofit in town either. [more inside]
My girlfriend (domestic partner, not registered) has had a ton of trouble navigating the new health insurance landscape. The application process this year was confusing as hell. Today we tried to take her in to see her regular doctor of many years, only to be turned away because now that she's on state insurance, her doc can't see her even if we want to pay out of pocket. This is turning traumatic. We need to find someone or someplace to help us sort this out. Help? [more inside]
This may be a hopeless ask. But you, mefites, have astounded me before with your knowledge of such things. I have ADD. No one has disputed that since college. I choose to take meds for that. The meds I am on are not controlled substances...Strattera. Going to the clinic monthly is inconvenient (I don't drive because medical reasons), but my doctor requires this monthly to get my Rx refilled. It all seems ridiculous. Can I do this virtually? How? I live in Minnesota. States have different rules, I suppose. Thanks!
Just realized that the new(ish) healthcare regulations in the U.S. mean that Essure is totally covered by my insurance, yay! Problem: [more inside]
How much more unpaid labor do I give in an unfair contracting situation? If the answer is "now," how do I leave professionally? [more inside]
I'm type 1 diabetic on a low carb diet taking a basal dose of Lantus. I notice that within a wide range of daily units, I fast at a nearly constant blood glucose level of 69-72, determined with a continuous monitor and fingerstick calibration/confirmation. Why would this be happening? (I'm looking for a good explanation or resource, but not Medical Advice™ as I have a doctor I consult with before making changes to treatment.) [more inside]
Earlier this week somebody found me passed out on the floor. From there, I got dragged in to see the doctor, who ran some tests (all negative so far). That's not the problem. The problem is: I feel ashamed and guilty, like I'm making this all up, despite that the objective facts are that I fainted, my blood pressure was found to be 50/40 (after fluids), and that I have a history of syncope. [more inside]
I have independent insurance. I understand that under the ACA, I can't be denied coverage in the future, but will my premium be higher, the more I use insurance? [more inside]
I want to get better at accommodating others when they are trying to do something practical. Holding doors open for others is the obvious example, but other little things such as remembering to grab a spoon along with food someone requested, positioning myself as to not get in the way of others when people are moving things, keeping things tidy, retrieving the right tools for a job... [more inside]
Unbeknownst to me, my in-network-doctor sent my labs out-of-network. I just got the bill :( Now what? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: Friend needs health insurance. He currently has no job or income. We're looking into Medicaid and have some special snowflake questions. [more inside]
How is my prescription for a $1500 prescribed medicine being paid for? Details inside... [more inside]
My doctor covers the basics well and is caring, but isn't a great communicator. Is that a dealbreaker? [more inside]
Chronically ill, fixed income US expat. Is it possible to get affordable health insurance in the US? This is pretty much a hypothetical question, but I figure I’d do some research anyway. Snowflakes after the fold: [more inside]
I am almost positive I have strep throat. I'm in the US for the holidays but I live in Canada and all my health insurance is based there. What are the easiest, cheapest options now? [more inside]
In the event of an emergency, what can be done to ensure that doctors/hospital can share information with another unrelated adult? [more inside]
What can a phone scammer do with your home address and kid's date of birth? I've heard that phone scams are getting "better" in terms of sounding very professional and being able to spoof caller ID, so I'm paranoid that I just told some scammer too much. [more inside]
My PCM says she wants to prescribe me a drug that is in common usage, but she is not allowed to do so. She says that I should find a doctor outside my health plan that can prescribe it. Is this a good idea, and if so, how do I do this? I don't want to waste time or money, or do something idiotic. [more inside]
I am thinking of changing careers completely from finance to healthcare. I’m trying to get an understanding of where the jobs are, and which ones pay well. [more inside]