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How do I write an amazing letter of intent?

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]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2015 - 3 answers

Uninformed about healthcare

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?
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2015 - 16 answers

Iora, etc. What are the most innovative health care systems worldwide?

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]
posted by airguitar2 on Nov 7, 2015 - 6 answers

Depression Hospitalization Primer?

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]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 10 answers

Returning American Expat needs health insurance

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]
posted by shibori on Sep 19, 2015 - 5 answers

Should I ask to start antibiotics preemtively?

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]
posted by QuantumMeruit on Sep 15, 2015 - 12 answers

First World Problems

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]
posted by andrewcooke on Aug 19, 2015 - 51 answers

Where to get UTI treatment in the USA

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]
posted by stuck on an island on Aug 10, 2015 - 25 answers

How is this healthcare billing scam being run?

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]
posted by Bringer Tom on Aug 9, 2015 - 22 answers

Hospitals in northern Virginia DC metro area with best reputations?

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.
posted by anonymous on Jul 16, 2015 - 14 answers

Affordable Care Act Questions

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]
posted by Mister_A on Jul 6, 2015 - 6 answers

I need a navigator to help me find a navigator.

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]
posted by kimdog on Jul 1, 2015 - 5 answers

Pregnant and Uninsured in the US -- help!

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]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Does COBRA count as a company health plan?

Will the availability of COBRA keep a person from qualifying for a Marketplace plan and/or subsidies? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

Help me buy my parents health insurance (MA)

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]
posted by mpbx on Jun 1, 2015 - 4 answers

Advice for being a locum tenens healthcare provider?

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]
posted by robertthebruce on May 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Career question: how to transition out of nonprofit track?

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]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2015 - 8 answers

Navigating Health Insurance in Washington?

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]
posted by scaryblackdeath on May 13, 2015 - 5 answers

Doc for ADD meds without office visits every month?

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!
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2015 - 10 answers

What's the best way to find a new doctor (gyn) for specific procedure?

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]
posted by PaulaSchultz on Apr 13, 2015 - 10 answers

How to handle murky contracting situation

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]
posted by Yellow Silver Maple on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 answers

70s and cloudy

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]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2015 - 4 answers

This million-dollar workup is probably all for nothing

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]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Mar 18, 2015 - 22 answers

Affordable Care Act - Will using my insurance now drive up my premium?

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]
posted by elif on Mar 12, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I be better at anticipating others' practical needs?

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]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Mar 5, 2015 - 11 answers

"In-network" means "out-of-network"? What a country!

Unbeknownst to me, my in-network-doctor sent my labs out-of-network. I just got the bill :( Now what? [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy on Feb 20, 2015 - 15 answers

Options for health care in Illinois?

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]
posted by phoenix_rising on Feb 14, 2015 - 3 answers

Economics of my prescription...

How is my prescription for a $1500 prescribed medicine being paid for? Details inside... [more inside]
posted by tomjoadsghost on Feb 7, 2015 - 6 answers

What's reasonable to expect from your GP (Canada)?

My doctor covers the basics well and is caring, but isn't a great communicator. Is that a dealbreaker? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Jan 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Best state in the US for Health Insurance

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]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Strep throat in the wrong country

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]
posted by raeka on Dec 20, 2014 - 8 answers

HIPAA/Medical Release for Emergency Situations?

In the event of an emergency, what can be done to ensure that doctors/hospital can share information with another unrelated adult? [more inside]
posted by okayokayigive on Dec 15, 2014 - 16 answers

Is This A Phone Scam? My Health Insurance Company Calls Me...

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]
posted by mhh5 on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

How to find a doctor for prescriptions outside your healthcare plan?

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]
posted by corb on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

What are the most lucrative healthcare jobs?

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]
posted by yawper on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Ten-day course of Cipro for UTI?

I was recently diagnosed with a UTI at an urgent care clinic. The PA (I did not see an MD or NP) prescribed a ten-day course of cipro to treat it (500mg, twice a day, for 10 days). That seems excessive to me (though I will take the full course of antibiotics as prescribed). Is such a long course of antibiotics commonly prescribed for UTIs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2014 - 13 answers

NY Health Exchange

Looking for information on some of the NY Exchange Plans (NYC) [more inside]
posted by AMyNameIs on Nov 20, 2014 - 4 answers

County Mental Health Center Woes

I suffer from severe anxiety and PTSD, and I have been on benzos for 10 years now (first Xanax and then clonazepam). My insurance limits me to going to the county mental health center, and my psychiatrist there sent down a mandate that I have to stop the clonazepam. I'm frustrated, especially since I was not offered anything different for anxiety. I am mostly upset about poor communication and it’s not so much that I am questioning her judgment from a medical perspective. I am not seeking advice about managing anxiety; I want advice about self-advocacy. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe on Nov 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Continuing education requirements for PTA in Virginia

A family member is a physical therapist assistant in Virginia. They just completed a one or two-year massage therapy course at a local college (I forget the details). They want to know if the course meets their continuing education requirements. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 30, 2014 - 0 answers

Best health insurance plan for shuttling green card holder?

If someone is a 65+ recent green card holder with only 3 years work experience in the US and who hasn't lived continuously in the US for 5 years (but has visited every year for several months for a decade), they don't qualify for free or even paid Medicare. What is the best health insurance plan for them if they spend 5-7 months in the US, and the rest in their home country in Asia? Are they best off with an Obamacare plan, or some kind of special immigrant health insurance, or what? Thanks.
posted by shivohum on Oct 29, 2014 - 2 answers

a health insurance gap. a cobra loophole.

I am going to have a health insurance gap between October 31 and December 23rd. That is a time period less than 60 days, and I hear there is a COBRA loophole, and I would like advice about it. [more inside]
posted by millipede on Oct 17, 2014 - 15 answers

My assault casts a long shadow over my medical record...

My history of sexual assault is in my medical record. My electronic medical record. This is driving me nuts and becoming a mental roadblock for me when I seek further healthcare. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Oct 13, 2014 - 41 answers

Help me help - U.S. healthcare woes

My dear friend is resigning from her job in the near future. She will move to another state in 2-3 months and plans to go without health insurance until she can find a job there. Is this as bad an idea as I think? How can I help? [more inside]
posted by ista on Oct 9, 2014 - 15 answers

I have health insurance. Now what?

Asking for a friend: Please help a complete (and mostly healthy) newbie figure out how to navigate the US healthcare system in CA. Explaining like you would to a five-year-old would be great. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Oct 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Same Day Orthopedic Care in Philly Area?

Help me find someone to figure out what's wrong with my knee in Phila, PA area. NOW. [more inside]
posted by Mister_A on Oct 2, 2014 - 6 answers

recs for vets accessible by public transport?

So I am about to adopt my first cat (specifically this one, yay Mefi!). I'm looking for a vet for regular wellness checks in my area (Emeryville, CA, near Ashby Bart) - the catch is that I'm reliant on public transport, and I don't have a ton of money. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Never thought being over-insured would be a bad thing.

Looking for any experiences, counsel, legal referrals to deal with health insurance clawback/SNAFU that's has my blood boiling. [more inside]
posted by donovan on Aug 21, 2014 - 12 answers

Advice on getting a Benefit Exception from our healthcare insurer?

Husband needs open heart surgery. Our preferred surgeon is not on our healthcare plan. We're going to request a benefit exception. We are in Washington state. We are on an individual plan, not with an employer. I called the insurer and requested a case worker. Any suggestions on my approach? Feeling overwhelmed already. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2014 - 1 answer

What is the NIH job application process and timeline like?

I'm a nurse practitioner in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (4 years experience), and I'm applying for jobs at the National Institutes of Health. I've had one prompt and enthusiastic response, but I've heard nothing from the rest, so I have a few questions about NIH's hiring process and timeline. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I find an acute care nurse practitioner to shadow?

I'm applying to a graduate entry nurse practitioner program this summer (application due Oct 12). I know that this is what I want to do. I know the program I want, but I'd really like to see an ACNP in action. The trouble: I just moved to Columbus, OH and I don't really know anyone.
posted by shesdeadimalive on Jul 19, 2014 - 2 answers

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