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WTF do I do? And why does the American Healthcare system suck so much?

YANMD-YANML Filter: After years of not having health insurance, I recently took my shiny new insurance card to the doctor to get a checkup. They found I had a horrible disease. So, wtf do I do now? [more inside]
posted by From the Fortress on Aug 12, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I contest a medical bill?

I went to the emergency room a few months ago for a back injury, and, to be honest, I don't feel like the medical services provided to me were adequate. I saw a doctor for about 45 seconds the entire time I was there. When I was leaving, they gave me information for "if my chest started hurting later," despite my protests that my back was the injured part, and the next day, I discovered the X-rays they had taken were of my chest, not my back. Now that I have the bill, can I contest it? [more inside]
posted by DeusExMegana on Aug 8, 2010 - 13 answers

Relocating while on medicaid?

Does anyone have any experience relocating to a different state while on Medicaid? [more inside]
posted by taumeson on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Does the new health care legislation prohibit FSA's from being used to purchase OTC drugs?

Does the new health care legislation prohibit FSA's from being used to purchase OTC drugs? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Applying For New California Emergency High Risk Pool

Applying for Obama Health Plan Emergency High Risk Pool for State of California. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jun 29, 2010 - 3 answers

Leaping and frogging

I am looking for examples of technology 'leapfrogging' [particularly in heatlhcare] where a newer technology finds higher uptake in developing economies compared to developed economies. Example: Mobile phone technology in Africa is reaching areas where landline never got to and now never will. [more inside]
posted by london302 on Jun 25, 2010 - 17 answers

How should I cope with an adverse anti depressant reaction?

I am having a very adverse emotional reaction to my new anti depressants. I don't know who to talk about it with or how to pass the time until it goes away. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2010 - 13 answers

healthcare third party vendor

Health care management: who / what is ITA partners and do I need them? My health insurance provider has passed my info on to a third party vendor. The third party vendor offers optional extra services. Is the third party on my side? Should I accept or reject them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2010 - 2 answers

What are the options for residential care for a senior in the north of England?

What are the options for residential care for a senior in the north of England? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Where Oh Where For Temporary Healthcare?

Where do I apply for the new Temporary High Risk Pool? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on May 27, 2010 - 8 answers

Get a therapist: how?

"Get therapy" seems to be a common decree around these parts, but that's usually where the suggestion begins and ends. Okay: but how? Can I get the Baedeker Guide to Seeking Therapy? [more inside]
posted by gavagai on May 19, 2010 - 18 answers

What should I do to stave off DVT?

My genetic test from 23andme revealed that I have a substantially elevated risk of venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis)--about triple the normal risk. What kinds of preventive measures, including diet, exercise, medicine etc., should I take? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Help us consume more health care!

I am on a high-deductible health care plan and have maxed out my plan year out-of-pocket expenses. Our plan year ends in 2 months. Since it won't "cost" us anything more out-of-pocket, what additional elective procedures or tests does it make sense for me and my family to get in the next 2 months? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit on May 13, 2010 - 15 answers

When will children be able to stay on parents' health insurance and will dental be included?

Two questions related to the provision of the US healthcare bill related to dependents getting to stay on parents' plans until age 27. [more inside]
posted by ishotjr on Apr 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me understand what just happened with US health care!

Where can I find a good summary of what just happened with US health care? I'm not from the US, and I basically never read newspapers, but I'd like your recommendations for a thoughtfully written summary article or a podcast. If you know of a source that is less about the dry facts, and more the sort of thing we'll read five or ten years from now, that puts things into historical perspective, that's even better! Thanks.
posted by surenoproblem on Apr 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Books/lectures about healthcare?

Where can I find a good book (or audiobook) explaining the history of healthcare, and the current state of affairs? [more inside]
posted by phaedrus441 on Apr 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Which specialist for misophonia?

What kind of doctor do I need for my son? I think he may have selective sound sensitivity syndrome or misophonia, but I don't know where to start. [more inside]
posted by Shoggoth on Apr 8, 2010 - 10 answers

Who is ultimately in charge of my son's overall health care treatment?

Multiple doctors and specialists for a toddler--but no one seems to be overseeing his treatment as a whole. Who is supposed to be my main source of information when he's having immediate, severe health issues? [more inside]
posted by Lullen on Apr 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Travelling with Warfarin

I am on Warfarin for FVL thrombophilia (7.5 mg/day, INR = 2.0-3.0) and I am thinking about travelling for more than a month away from home. Have you done this? How did you get your blood test done and find a doctor? [more inside]
posted by noonknight on Apr 5, 2010 - 8 answers

Blarrrgghhhhhhhhh.......

My dept is becoming part of the National Division (home office in Georgia) rather than the Regional Division (where I now work at Regional Division Home Office in PA). I am not physically moving anywhere. My employer is now National Div, even though it is just the parent/umbrella of Regional Div. My insurance carrier will now be BCBS of GA instead of Highmark BS of PA. ADHD is covered by Highmark. It is not by BCBS of GA. I will end up paying about $4000 in out of pocket expenses due to this. Is this legal? What are my options? Supplemental insurance for MH does not exist. I make too much for any state aid and am ineligible for other state MH programs. (there is a TL;DR summary marked as such at the bottom) [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Apr 3, 2010 - 16 answers

Why is US health care bill affordable?

What reason is there to believe that the recently-passed health care bill is affordable for America? Sure, the CBO projects it to reduce deficits, but isn't it required to use possibly unrealistic legislative assumptions, like Medicare cuts that have never been implemented in the past? Given the incredible growth of Medicare and Social Security costs over the last decades, the powerful interests (like doctors) that may stand against harsh cost-cutting, and the US's aging but heavily-voting population -- what reason is there to believe this bill doesn't start up yet another fiscally irresponsible and politically untouchable entitlement program?
posted by shivohum on Mar 31, 2010 - 16 answers

Where are all the sick people?

How do I get a part-time job (nights and/or weekends) in health care could I seek considering that I have no clinical experience and a full-time job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2010 - 12 answers

When to get a new plan under Obamacare?

Should I switch health insurance providers now, or wait, given Obamacare? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Mar 30, 2010 - 7 answers

How will HCR affect the VA?

How will the recent US healthcare reforms affect the VA hospital system? Will vets be more or less likely to seek treatment at the VA? Will the VA see an overall increase or decrease in number of patients treated? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Mar 30, 2010 - 6 answers

You must either give netzapper $100, or give mathowie $200.

I'm deeply confused. Other than in a strictly juvenile, we-won-you-lost sense, why and how is the recent US health reform legislation considered a success? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Mar 28, 2010 - 50 answers

Doctor, Doctor Gimme the News!

Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
posted by micklaw on Mar 23, 2010 - 29 answers

I need to reduce my healthcare costs, but my medication is expensive

I pay for an individual health-care policy with a ridiculous premium (I'm in grad school, so I have no medical coverage available to me, as the school's plan only covers undergrads). It's the prescription coverage that forces me into the high-end plan. Do I have other options? (Much, much more inside; sorry for the info-dump) [more inside]
posted by tzikeh on Mar 23, 2010 - 38 answers

All I need now is a really tall ladder....

Help me to understand the mentality of those Americans who are opposed to Obama's national health-care plan. [more inside]
posted by Pippi Longstocking on Mar 20, 2010 - 69 answers

Babies, surgery and no aenthesia

Babies were often operated on with no anesthesia 30 years ago or more. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by stbalbach on Mar 14, 2010 - 26 answers

No-one will POA to act in-case I'm DOA.

No-one to act as my POA. What to do? Am I screwed if something bad happens? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2010 - 9 answers

NYC Minute Clinic-ish Service?

Is there an equivalent to the CVS Minute Clinic or Walgreen's Take Care Clinic in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42 on Mar 4, 2010 - 7 answers

[Interview Filter]: What do I need to know going in?

[Interview Filter]: I have a job interview scheduled with a health insurance company for an Analyst position. What should I learn about the industry to be successful in this interview? [more inside]
posted by lrkuperman on Mar 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Should I take a risk and be certified as a nursing assistant or not?

Massachusetts nurses help please! I'm planning on leaving my job to go back to school for nursing. Should I work as a CNA beforehand or would it be a waste of time and money? [more inside]
posted by kmavap on Mar 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Why isn't free market best solution to US healthcare crisis?

What are the best arguments (links to articles/sites appreciated) that government regulation and tax code distortions are not the primary causes of the American healthcare crisis? Why wouldn't a more free-market approach (i.e. remove the obstacles to far more vigorous competition between insurers for individual premiums) be the solution? If adverse selection is a reason, how is that any worse for health care than for other insurance markets (e.g. life insurance)?
posted by shivohum on Mar 1, 2010 - 16 answers

A site showing health insurance reform talking points, counterpoints, countercounterpoints?

Where can I find a concise health insurance reform argument-counterargument-countercounterargument talking point "tree"? e.g. my congressman, TM(R) says "you should be able to buy insurance from out of state..."; but Ezra Klein says that would yield a Race to the Bottom, like with credit card cos. TM says "...like we already do with auto insurance"; but an E.K. commenter says that with car insurance, the insurer must obey the insuree's state regs. (is this true?) So, do all of these exist in a boiled-down form somewhere? Basically, I'm looking for a site that sheds light on health insurance talking points the way skepticalscience.com does for climate.
posted by ahaynes on Feb 25, 2010 - 2 answers

Ontario Patient Enrollment Model

Ontario Patient Enrollment Model. Can anyone elaborate as to what this program is all about? My doctors office is really putting the pressure on me to sign this thing, but it seems rather restrictive. Apparently it's voluntary, but they seem rather adamant that I register as a patient, and won't stop calling me about it. Am I just being unreasonable here, or is my doctors office just being a pain in the arse?
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2010 - 4 answers

How can I help my friend?

My friend has no insurance and very limited funds, and is having some pretty funky health problems. He needs low-cost to no-cost medical attention in Oklahoma. Any ideas? So far, I've come up with this. Any ideas? I know that he *could* go to an ER, but being saddled with a $3000 dollar bill is not going to help him out of his financial problems anytime soon. Anyone been broke and sick in OK before? [more inside]
posted by the_royal_we on Feb 23, 2010 - 8 answers

Obama's obesity task force

Anyone know who's on Michelle Obama's childhood obesity task force? [more inside]
posted by pallen123 on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me create a bad-ass program for managing TB data

I'd like to take on a somewhat substantial software project that should a) be open-source and b) not suck. Suggestions on how to code for others requested. [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on Feb 21, 2010 - 14 answers

what happens if it's physical vs. fiscal

I've heard it said that (in theory) the advent of a cure for cancer would cause a serious financial crisis because of the vast scale of the healthcare complex devoted to current treatments. So, the obvious question: Is there any credible evidence that promising (not woo-woo) therapies for diseases such as cancer and diabetes have been derailed because of the sheer scale of financial and institutional resources invested in the status quo?
posted by dacoit on Feb 17, 2010 - 41 answers

How do I refute a preexisting condition for an eating disorder?

I was rejected for individual health insurance with Kaiser Permanente in Southern California due to the preexisting condition of bulimia. I have been told by Kaiser that I can appeal the denial by providing evidence that I have resolved the bulimia. The issue is I do not have much evidence and Kaiser gave me very little direction on how to proceed. If any of you have had experience with this, what type of information did you provide and how did you obtain it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2010 - 9 answers

Should future health care reform change my health insurance decisions today?

I'm about to purchase private health insurance in the US. How, if at all, should the impending health care reform legislation affect my decision-making process? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Will work for no pay, but a litte prestige wouldn't hurt.

How should I go about contacting non-profits about taking me, a relatively inexperienced college sophomore, on as an unpaid summer intern? I'm contacting these organizations cold, and could use some help figuring out my initial approach- what information should I include? Is there anything I can say that will make the recipient of my email more likely to seriously consider my proposal? Do I even stand a reasonable chance of that happening to begin with? [more inside]
posted by MadamM on Jan 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me find affordable rx coverage for my pre-existing conditions

American student moving to Vancouver, BC with history of depression and other ailments: how do I get my Rxs without paying a fortune? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2010 - 10 answers

Can she do that?

A Questions about the ethics of my last Ob./Gyn/ Visit... [more inside]
posted by julie_of_the_jungle on Jan 9, 2010 - 27 answers

Need minor surgery but I'm just about to change jobs (and health plans). Disaster?

I have a small health issue which will probably require minor surgery. Pretty routine and low-risk kind of thing. I'm employed and have a good health plan through my job. But here's the problem: I might be changing jobs (and therefore health plans) very soon. Will this create problems getting the procedure paid for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2009 - 6 answers

Which liberals might vote against healthcare?

Which liberal (or at least pro-healthcare-reform) Democratic senators are leaning towards opposing the current bill? [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Dec 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Is passing out yesterday still an emergency today?

Where to get 2nd medical opinion as soon as reasonably possible about the medications one is prescribed by county hospital in Dallas? [more inside]
posted by DB Cooper on Dec 15, 2009 - 7 answers

Nasal polyps removal: Boston or Bergen?

I'm thinking of getting surgery to remove nasal polyps. Should I get it done in the Boston area, where I have no insurance, or in Bergen, Norway, where I'll be returning for work in January (with a worker's visa)? Or should I have it done at all?
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2009 - 8 answers

Look into my...ear

YANMD filter. I have had an earache for...a long time. I need a super low cost ENT type visit in the miami/fort lauderdale area. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 17, 2009 - 20 answers

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