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Am I going to be booked for HIPPA violations?

Part of my job involves conducting phone surveys for public health/medical research. My employer wants me to start using the Emergency Contact info in the electronic health record to increase our response rate. This weirds me out. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2012 - 9 answers

I'm putting my dentist's kids through college

Individual Dental Insurance. Is there such a thing, and is it affordable, and is it offered by someone other than Delta Dental? [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Apr 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Controlling the Costs of a Single-Payer Heatlhcare System

How would Congress control costs in a single-payer healthcare system? [more inside]
posted by toomuchpete on Apr 6, 2012 - 26 answers

Can I buy health insurance as a long-stay visitor in France?

I'm an American living in France on a long-stay visitor's visa (I'm here as an artist in residence working on comics in Angoulême). To get my visa, I had to prove I had health insurance. At the time of my visa application, I had American health insurance which covered only emergencies abroad, so I assumed that if anything came up, I would pay out of pocket here in France and then, well, go home if anything really grave came about. I also bought travelers insurance from World Nomads to cover repatriation (necessary for the visa). Now, because of reasons that I wont go into here, I have lost my American health insurance and am left with only the travelers insurance, which is really not sufficient. I'd like to stay in France and am planning to renew my visa for another year, so I want to make sure everything is in order. I'd also like to be covered! Is it possible to buy French health insurance as a foreigner who is technically a "non-resident"? I've googled a bit and found some links to various companies who seem to do just this, but I would like to hear from others who have done the same or who know something about it.
posted by minicloud on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

Are there different economic theories for complex/long term products?

Is there an economic theory about monetary incentives doing more harm than good as economic utility becomes harder to determine/quantify? [more inside]
posted by deanklear on Mar 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Navigating healthcare services?

How can I be the best advocate for myself getting the best health care possible with a myriad of complicated chronic health problems and symptoms while on medicaid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2012 - 11 answers

iOS Heart Rate Monitor..

I have a question about my Scosche myTREK heart rate monitor for my iPhone. [more inside]
posted by kbanas on Mar 12, 2012 - 0 answers

What's the deal with generic Concerta?

What's the deal with Generic Concerta? [more inside]
posted by aydeejones on Mar 3, 2012 - 4 answers

What are some common arguments for and against socialized healthcare on the left and the right?

What are some common arguments for and against socialized healthcare on the left and the right? [more inside]
posted by Snorlax on Mar 3, 2012 - 24 answers

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning?

How can I not get so agitated by my ill parent's moaning? I live with my parents and take care of my dad while my mom works during the day. He has had medical problems that have left him temporarily unable to move around much, and now he has a yeast infection on his butt that is making just sitting painful at times. I can hear him sometimes moaning in pain in the other room. I can't just put on headphones, because I have to be able to hear when he calls me for help. It's having almost a physical effect on me. I get disgusted and aggravated when I hear this, and the stress is keeping me from getting much done. Is there any way I can manage this?
posted by vash on Jan 25, 2012 - 24 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

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Talk me off the ledge

Having a pre-midlife crisis. What do I do next? Talk me off the ledge. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Dec 7, 2011 - 22 answers

Game-changing articles on health care!

I really like Atul Gawande's book "Better" as well as his article "Letting Go" - in general, topics about systems innovations in health care, especially end-of-life care. Anything else I should read? [more inside]
posted by leedly on Nov 17, 2011 - 11 answers

How can a non-senior poor person access prescription drugs in Chicago?

How can a non-senior, low-income Illinois resident with no health insurance fill expensive prescriptions? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on Nov 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Before surgery, my insurance company said I wouldn't have to pay. After surgery, that's changed. What now?

Before having surgery, I was told by my insurance company that my deductible had been reached, and that there was nothing for me to pay. After surgery, they amended that, telling me that in fact my deductible had not been filled at all for the present period, and I *would* have to pay. Am I just screwed here? [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Nov 2, 2011 - 15 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

help this non clinical administrator get a clinical education!

I am currently an Administrative Fellow in a 3 hospital system (graduated with my Masters in Healthcare Administration in May.) What is the best way for me, being non-clinical, to learn clinical "lingo"/get a clinical "education"? [more inside]
posted by knockoutking on Oct 19, 2011 - 9 answers

Ultra-low-dose birth control pills with generics?

Hormonal birth control question: Lo Loestrin Fe has no generic, and even with my crappy insurance is unaffordable for me. What are other ultra-low-dose birth control pills that DO have generics? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 11, 2011 - 21 answers

Healthcare Refrom, Good For Home Health?

I am looking for articles and (to a lesser extent) professional/academic works that argue or present the idea that healthcare reform will be good for the home health care industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2011 - 2 answers

Are my dad's doctors making him sicker?

This is my first Ask MeFi question, and I'm asking on behalf of my parents. My father is in reasonably good physical health but poor mental health, which may be related to the meds he's on and the "quality" care he's getting in the American "system". Are there some kind of additional resources for me or them to help make their way through the bureaucrat-ese and get some better care? And maybe some additional health care (or heck, elder care in general) resources I could find for them? [more inside]
posted by no relation on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

Great Ideas to Improve Australian Healthcare?

If you were having lunch with the Australian Minister for Health which new, innovative, targeted and cost effective measures would you suggest to improve health care in Australia? Ideas could focus on regional services, mental health, hospitals and nursing or GP services, preventative health and so forth. Links to fresh, successful strategies in other countries or well argued position papers would be appreciated. Simply suggesting spending more money isn't an option. This question has nothing to do with the oft rehearsed arguments over health insurance and provision in the USA.
posted by joannemullen on Sep 22, 2011 - 15 answers

The US Healthcare System For Dummies Who Are Also Visual Learners

Give me your best detailed, graphical overview of the U.S. healthcare system(s) - ideally with a view of number of covered lives. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Sep 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Best Ways to Promote Single-Payer Health Care?

Reasonably educated, late-30s American male voter, working full-time, with no political connections. What are the most effective ways I can support a shift to single-payer health care in the United States? [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Sep 14, 2011 - 14 answers

This this man have died from his tooth infection had he been in Canada?

How would this story I read today of a man who died after an untreated tooth infection have ended had it happened in Canada? Would he have had better care or would the result have been the same? [more inside]
posted by fso on Sep 9, 2011 - 19 answers

Healthcare jobfilter

What are the interesting healthcare companies in Boston? [more inside]
posted by david1230 on Aug 16, 2011 - 2 answers

I have awful healthcare - can I get domestic partner benefits with my GIRLFRIEND? I'm a boy.

I'm a guy. Can I get domestic partner benefits in California with my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Aug 10, 2011 - 12 answers

Lipoma removal before or after purchasing private health care?

Uninsured American Health Care Problem: Should I have a somewhat large lipoma (benign fatty tumor) surgically removed before applying for private medical insurance, or would it provide the basis for application denial or drastically raised rates? [more inside]
posted by Auden on Jul 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Helping loved ones help themselves in MA

I have two family members in trouble in Massachusetts, and I want to talk to someone about it. I am not in Massachusetts, and I need help finding an the right "someone." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 13 answers

How much does the production of a medicine account for the high cost?

When it comes to very expensive medicines, how much of the cost is due to just the production of the drugs and how much is because of other factors? [more inside]
posted by gkhan on Jul 24, 2011 - 15 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

What Can A Hospital Do With Drug Screen Info?

What can the hospital do with drug test results that are positive? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 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 do you evaluate a transitional care facility?

How do you evaluate a transitional care/rehab facility? What things do we need to ask about? Any recommendations in the Twin Cities? [more inside]
posted by advicepig on Mar 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Switch health insurance now or later?

When would be the best time to switch health insurers - now or in 2014? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Can you suggest resources for a cancer survivor who works with cancer patients?

My SO is a speech therapist/speech pathologist at a major hospital, and her department specializes in cancer patients. This can take a quite a toll on her, but the impact has worsened following her own skin cancer diagnosis last year. I was wondering if there were any books, websites, programs or resources designed to help healthcare providers deal with working with these kinds of cases, and perhaps also ones to deal with dealing with cancer diagnoses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2011 - 6 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

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier?

Have changes been made in the last year or so that make getting health insurance any easier? [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Jan 7, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me help my mom

My mother is very sick in the hospital. She needs my dad and I to be her advocate, but never having dealt with hospitals before we both are overwhelmed by the complexity of it all. Insurance issues aside, what should we be doing to ensure she is getting the best care possible? [more inside]
posted by cecic on Dec 23, 2010 - 14 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

No severability clause in the health care bill?

Did they really fail to include a severabillity clause in the health-care reform bill? [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Nov 10, 2010 - 8 answers

Insurance companies and collusion? Naaw.

Is the insurance industry conducting an organized campaign through word of mouth to use the recent healthcare bill changes to maximize profits by manipulating public perception? [more inside]
posted by readery on Nov 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Surgery without friends

How can I have surgery without someone to accompany me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2010 - 28 answers

Divorce, anxiety, healthcare costs = sad, panicky panda.

Help me get health insurance at reasonable rates. Special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2010 - 4 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 to get insurance without being scammed?

How to get insurance without being scammed, in the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 9 answers

switching to healthcare industry

I am a marketer/business-person and I want to transition into the health care industry. Help me talk like an insider at my next interview! [more inside]
posted by shotgunbooty on Sep 30, 2010 - 5 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

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