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]
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]
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]
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.
Where can I find a good book (or audiobook) explaining the history of healthcare, and the current state of affairs? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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?
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]
Should I switch health insurance providers now, or wait, given Obamacare? [more inside]
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]
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]
Explain the US healthcare system to me (an Australian) in easy-to-understand language. [more inside]
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]
Help me to understand the mentality of those Americans who are opposed to Obama's national health-care plan. [more inside]
Babies were often operated on with no anesthesia 30 years ago or more. Is this true? [more inside]
No-one to act as my POA. What to do? Am I screwed if something bad happens? [more inside]
Is there an equivalent to the CVS Minute Clinic or Walgreen's Take Care Clinic in the NYC area? [more inside]
[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]
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]
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)?
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.
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?
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]
Anyone know who's on Michelle Obama's childhood obesity task force? [more inside]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
A Questions about the ethics of my last Ob./Gyn/ Visit... [more inside]
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]
Which liberal (or at least pro-healthcare-reform) Democratic senators are leaning towards opposing the current bill? [more inside]
Where to get 2nd medical opinion as soon as reasonably possible about the medications one is prescribed by county hospital in Dallas? [more inside]
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?
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]
I'm thinking about switching my health insurance to a high-deductible health plan, but I need to get a handle on what all my allergy prescriptions will cost me. I think that I will be able to build up some stockpiles during this year, but I want to know how much I will actually be out of pocket when it comes time to pay for them. [more inside]
What exactly can a doctor's office tell anyone who happens to pick up your phone? [more inside]
How much would it cost the average person to get a health care policy that's as good as Medicaid? [more inside]
Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
With regards to psychotherapy, a common opinion I've noticed on MetaFilter is that Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is perceived as being the most efficient way to go, in addition to being one of the very few therapies likely to be reimbursed by health insurance. However, this may be coming from a largely American perspective. As such, I'm curious: What are some major features of psychotherapy in countries other than the United States? [more inside]
Do the U.S. military bases in foreign countries, esp. Western Europe and Japan, help those countries keep their military budgets low so that they can afford things like, I dunno, universal health care? [more inside]
Is health care a Ponzi scheme? I'm trying to work out my feelings about the health care debate, and our moral obligations to take care of each other. Will improved health care just lead to larger populations and longer life spans, and more and more expenses to take care of them all? Am I a bad person for thinking this? I smoke, so I'll probably check out early without consuming all your future resources on my elder care. Does this mitigate my xenocidal tendencies or make them worse?
Since being fired last month, I'm in the process of getting health insurance for my family. But, I'm kind of confused with this COBRA '65/35 for nine months' deal with the government. I'm awaiting to hear from our local Blue Cross provider for a 9/15 effective date, but, our calculations show that the COBRA discounted price for nine months would be roughly $150 less than the Blue Cross premium. Now, it is my understanding that you have to elect COBRA AND send in your request for the 65/35 subsidy at the same time. If I don't get the subsidy, I want to go with Blue Cross. How do I do this properly? Is there any way I can apply for the subsidy without requesting COBRA at the same time?
I'm going to be living in France and then Germany for two months (or maybe longer) and I'm not sure what to do about my health insurance. [more inside]
I want to learn about American healthcare, where do I start? [more inside]
I would like to find a copy of the proposed healthcare reform bill with some non-partisan translation of some of the legal-ese. Does this exist? I am looking for the whole bill, if possible.