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 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!
I had planned surgery yesterday, which was cancelled on the part of the surgery center because of equipment issues. I originally paid a deposit to lock in the date/time, and also made a partial payment on a CC the day before (because it was not my card and the cardholder wouldn't be present on the procedure day). Am I right in demanding a refund of the money paid thus far, and is it actually illegal for them to NOT refund me? [more inside]
What is the most effective way to use ~$250 of HSA money while it's available? [more inside]
What's stopping people in the U.S. from forming health care co-ops? [more inside]
How can I accept money from a relative for medical costs without screwing up my SSDI? [more inside]
I'm 28 and I recently found out I most likely have a serious condition I need treatment for. It will almost certainly involve a urologist and possible (minor) surgery (probably in-office). I have no health insurance, make about 40k a year, but have very little discretionary income. How do I go about this? [more inside]
Specialty credit card for healthcare: what say you, hivemind? [more inside]