I have IBS-D, and I'm having some doubts about the quality of care I've been getting. YANMD but you can tell me if you think mine is doing a good job. [more inside]
Despite being a lifelong American, I still don't really understand our healthcare system. Can you give me some info - treat me like I'm 5 years old. [more inside]
My unmarried partner and I are pregnant for the first time, while on a six-month working trip to NYC (four months left). We found out on the weekend and in order to be (partly) covered by our insurance for prenatal care, we need to provide a LOT of information to the insurance company: chosen providers, required tests, costs, etc. We don’t have a clue where to start with this: not just because this is our first pregnancy, but also because the American health care system is so foreign to us. We need help on how to start choosing a temporary care provider and… well… everything else! Can you help? [more inside]
In August of 2015 I had brain surgery at the Cleveland Clinic to remove a tumor. It was benign. I've been back several times for radiation therapy and other follow-up appointments. Everything has been really, really great. I mean, as great as brain surgery can be, I guess. My right vocal cord is paralyzed as a result of cranial nerve trauma, but other than that, I am here, and I am happy. There is, however, the small issue of the bill. [more inside]
Hi all. I am about 4 months pregnant with my first, and I've started to get questions about who my providers are and what is important to me in a pregnancy/birthing experience. I've never really thought about it before, and I don't really know! [more inside]
I know, I know, it’s a hypothetical now. But I’m in NY state and I’m looking for a plan for a married couple that doesn't see the doctor that much - knock wood - but has lots of prescriptions. Healthcare spending would be a plus but not a necessity and I’d like to pay around a grand for the two of us. Suggestions?
Hard to give a shit at the moment, but here we are! New grad boyfriend was just offered job + relocation package to either Pittsburgh or Ann Arbor, and we are trying to make an informed choice about the opportunity. [more inside]
Just how easily can Republicans repeal Obamacare? Can the repeal be fought in court? Can the repeal be drug out until the next 2020 election? Trump's promise to replace it is obviously smoke and mirrors, but what would he replace it with if he followed through? Lastly, is there a hope that some states might fight to keep some form of health coverage for their poorest residents? Yes, I am deeply worried.
A relative of mine is visiting the US without travel insurance, and their child has been hospitalised in New York and is receiving treatment. This relative does not have the means to pay for the hospital stay or treatment, so what will the consequences be? [more inside]
Just had a mole removed from the back of my neck. The doctor gave me a shot of lidocaine (I think) and then sprayed the area with a numbing spray. Shouldn't it have been the other way around? [more inside]
My roommate's partner, who is a close friend of mine, has stage III terminal brain cancer. He has been symptom free for almost a year but he has recently been showing signs of the cancer advancing, including seizures. He is terrified of dealing with the system of getting treatment, and has been turned down for disability even though he is unable to work because of the cancer. How can we help? [more inside]
Hi everyone. Like the title suggests, I need some help figuring out an education/career plan for myself before I return to school next year (details inside). [more inside]
What questions would you like to ask a researcher specializing in the area of mothers who have lost children (usually boys) to gun violence? [more inside]
I'm moderating a panel next month featuring researchers on areas related to domestic violence and working with survivors in a health care context. I've been asked to come up with questions for the panelists to prepare to answer. What should I ask them? What would you like to know, or what do you think is the most important problem in this area? [more inside]
Public health, health informatics, health administration, human computer interaction, educational technology, and user experience design...these are a few of my fa-vor-ite thiiings! I'm a teacher who's considering a career switch. Can you help me think this through? [more inside]
Hello all, I can't find this answer anywhere (without directly asking my insurance company). My wife has multiple sclerosis, and without insurance her medication costs $6k per month. On our current plan I play $30 for a 3 month supply via the specialty pharmacy home delivery. We are losing this coverage at the end of August, but have a delivery in progress and will receive the next 6 months worth before we lose coverage. Is there some way they can charge me for the medication already received if I lose coverage for the following months? [more inside]
Attention dental hygienists and nurses of MeFi: which career track should I pick? [more inside]
Need ideas, experiences and resources re questions to ask at a first appointment, steps to take before even making that appointment, being a good self-advocate, managing anxiety, and setting reasonable expectations. [more inside]
I want to move to Humboldt to work in the healthcare field. Has anyone else worked or lived in Humboldt? How is it? Do you like it? Was it the right decision? [more inside]
Hey there! My wife and I are two Americans living in Japan, so we've gotten used the idea of being able to see a doctor if we need to, and now that we're in our thirties it suddenly occurs to us that maybe we should make sure we have health insurance for our three-week trip to America, because otherwise it could pretty easily mean just sort of running out of all of our money if something goes wrong. Does anyone have any suggestions for good travel insurance companies to go with, or ones to avoid?
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]