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.
[HIPAA filter]: When dropping off our child at daycare (a small, home daycare), my spouse - a pediatrician - ran into a patient who is not vaccinated. I know you're not a lawyer; I know you're not our lawyer - what are our options? [more inside]
Asking on behalf of G.F.: Is there a good book about Healthcare & Native Americans in the United States? [more inside]
How many health care facilities, excluding hospitals, are there in the U.S. that use at least one medical imaging modality (Xray, Ultrasound, etc.)? [more inside]
I've been reading a lot of conflicting information about the U.S. health care reform bill (HR 3200) and its potential impact on different groups of Americans. I tried to read the bill, but it's over a thousand pages and is written in mind-numbing legalese. Is there a place online where I can find comprehensive, non-partisan, easily understandable information about the bill?
What can I do, while overseas, to help educate about/support/do something about the healthcare debate happening in the US? [more inside]
What should someone know before going to a town hall meeting on health care reform? [more inside]
There is much talk about health care rationing in Britain, for example. How do I find out more about the status of rationing in the United States, my health care (nice employer based) and Medicare in particular. Is it the case that with health care in the US, private or Medicare, cost is never a reason to deny a procedure? That people under Medicare, for example, get all of those 50,000$ drugs that give you 6 months of life? How can I find out if my plan covers every possible procedure or not? I'm less concerned with the issue of rescision as a roundabout way of denying care versus explicit denial of care based on cost.
Health Mystery Solved. I have been given a diagnosis of avascular necrosis. My general practitioner relayed these results to me after she saw my MRI results. On Friday I meet with an orthopedic surgeon. Please help me prepare. [more inside]
How can I prevent a future health insurance co from discovering a previous dematology treatment and use it for denial of insurance?
I'm an American without health insurance, who needs (minor) dermatological care... how worried should I be that this will prevent me from getting private health care insurance in a year or so (denial due to prior condition)? And what can I do to prevent this from happening? [more inside]
How does getting a medical referral/requesting a medical referral REALLY work and how do you ask for one effectively? [more inside]
For reasons I don't (yet) fully understand, Care Credit has refused to extend me any credit whatsoever towards a year-long set of (embarrassing) medical procedures that will end up totalling in the neighborhood of $30,000 US. What viable alternatives to Care Credit exist for financing expensive and drawn-out medical procedures? [more inside]
How can I show support for the new health care reform bill? [more inside]
My taxes should pay for health care for all Americans, but they don't. I can donate $1,000 right now; what organization will use that money most effectively to provide care for uninsured/underinsured people in the United States? [more inside]
Thoughtful, analytical, objective resources (web and book) on what works and what doesn't in healthcare / health insurance systems around the world? [more inside]
Looking for social media sites or services in healthcare directed toward healthcare providers. [more inside]
What should a recent (unemployed) college graduate do to get health insurance in Indiana? ` [more inside]
Do people actually lose their homes to pay for health care in the US, or is this an urban myth? [more inside]
Boiled down to its essence, what is the job of a renal social worker? [more inside]
My baby girl, 7 months old, has a spiral fractured femur - mum caught her as she was falling while getting into a back carrier - she is in hospital, has had specialist orthopaedic paediatrician attention and is now in traction. She is probably at the the best hospital in the country for this, but it is a long way from home. She is 100% breast fed, and my wife is staying with her. Can any of the medicos or Mefi, or people who have had similar experience offer some advice? [more inside]
I am about to become a first year medical student (YAY!). I am trying to figure out how to get involved in projects dealing with healthcare and IT. Are there any good online resources to finding this type of information? Or should I just start randomly emailing companies? [more inside]
Please help me find medical coverage/insurance for a five year old. [more inside]
Health insurance question: my insurance benefit ran out for a recurring doctor's visit. The doctor knew this - I didn't - and they kept accepting my copay as if nothing had changed. How do I proceed? [more inside]
I lost my job, got a new job, now I'm quiting that job, am I still eligible for COBRA from my previous job? And if I am, should I sign up for it? [more inside]
Is my health insurance a rip-off? [more inside]
I Live in A Stupid, NonSocialized Imperialistic Country Filter: Please hope me find private health insurance. [more inside]
I'm getting all four wisdom teeth out on May 29th. For the last month or so I have felt intense pressure in my mouth from the teeth coming in. It's been getting a little worse each week and is now causing headaches. It's only May 6th. How should I manage the pain? [more inside]
Explain (in an easy to understand way) Budget Reconciliation in the Senate? And its impact on health care reform this year?
Explain (in an easy to understand way) Budget Reconciliation in the Senate? And its impact on health care reform this year? [more inside]
If you were the IT advisor to the Obama Administration, how would you implement the national medical informatics system that is proposed as part of the stimulus package? [more inside]
Is my company's new, highly Orwellian, wellness program legal? How can I get them to stop? [more inside]
Individual health insurance and sti. What to do? [more inside]
I may have breast cancer. I do not have health insurance. What now? [more inside]
A family member currently needs intravenous shots twice a day. Her insurance company won't pay for a nurse to come give her the shots. Are there other services that will do this? [more inside]
Please help me filter out the good from my list of NYC doctors covered by my insurance. [more inside]
I decided on my obgyn last minute, when the one I wanted wasnt taking new patients. My pap came back abnormal and I had to have a biopsy. They found I have moderate cervical dysplasia. I am scheduled to get a LEEP procedure. [more inside]
What types of questions would you like to see answered about healthcare / health insurance? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a few good books/articles on the history and current state of health care in the United States and Canada? [more inside]
How can a former English major make a transition into the healthcare field? [more inside]
I will be returning briefly to the US after 6 months abroad and I would like to partake in some of that wonderful US healthcare before I head back abroad. I have a couple of questions. [more inside]
A question about using an Ontario health care card in Quebec. [more inside]
I don't understand why health care suddenly costs so damn much. I can understand a few factors - nurses' pay has gone up, new treatments are more expensive (and doctors prescribe more expensive treatments - sometimes unnecissarily) but these factors don't seem to explain how insanely costly health care has become. And where is all that money going? Again, I understand that CEO pay has skyrocketed in the last 20 years, but is that enough to explain the enormous cost of health care these days? [more inside]
Is now a bad time to leave a stable, solid job for traveling contract work? Am I setting myself up for financial disaster in a few months? Will this economy affect health care jobs to a degree that this is a bad idea? [more inside]