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Where have all the patients gone...

I work at my local County Hospital and for the last two weeks we've had a very low census. I hear rumors that the local Giant HMO and local For Profit Hospital Chain are packed right now. I also know one Local For Profit but Independent and Unaffiliated Hospital is at risk of closing right now because of extremely low census. So for folks who actually work in hospitals (and clinics?) are you seeing a change in number of patients since Obamacare started? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Mar 3, 2014 - 6 answers

I might finally come to be worth something to society! Maybe...?

Hi Mefites. I'll be starting an online medical coding and billing course in January ( given by the AAPC), after graduating from a relatively well respected state school with a psychology BA in May and finding out far too late in the game that it would leave me with nil in terms of job prospects. After building up quite a bit of credit card debt and deciding that man cannot live on Hulu and Facebook alone, as I've been doing for six months, I decided to look into opportunities that required relatively little training to get started with, and happened upon medical billing, something that seems to fit me quite well. I'm tempering my enthusiasm however, because no amount of Googling seems to give me a clear sense of my path once the course is over. Help? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Mom went to hospital with difficulty moving legs, was berated by doctor

Hello everyone, my mom was taken to a hospital by ambulance a few mornings ago when she couldn't move her legs and get out of bed. This stems from a previous issue with nerve damage and spinal problems which she's had surgery for before. She met the same doctor from her previous surgery, whom she couldn't pay, and was berated and threatened by him. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Oct 17, 2013 - 16 answers

Allied Health for a less-than-perfect specimen

So I'm a 23 year old recent college grad with a psychology degree and a long face. Why? No job, a shitty, inconsistent transcript to show for the last six years of my life ( barely eeking out a 3.0 because of significant and unrelenting problems with fatigue and depression, now somewhat under control), no work experience... oh, and I have cerebral palsy. All this helped build a brick wall almost impossible to see over, much less climb. This morning though, I managed to get bright-eyed and bushy tailed for all of five seconds after reading a Business Insider article that listed medical sonography as one of the best jobs available to those without a college degree. ( I've come to consider my degree a throwaway ( it's from a state school, it's in psychology, which makes me a decidedly un-special snowflake, and, like I said, the grades aren't frame worthy). Everything about medical sonography- the pay, the type of work, job growth and time-to-completion of the program is attractive. Trouble is, I leave much to be desired in terms of the physicality needed ( lifting, transporting patients, etc). What else can I do that offers all or many of these same benefits and is cripple friendly? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 10, 2013 - 10 answers

Can I contest a medical bill that's due tomorrow?

I had surgery in October of 2010, paid all of the expenses past insurance, etc., and haven't heard from the hospital in 2 years. I've since moved, and received a bill yesterday for $138 that is "leftover from my surgery." The bill is dated February 13, but since the mail was forwarded, I just received it yesterday. I have no idea a) why I'm receiving this bill now or b) what it's actually for, and my contact with the hospital has yielded absolutely nothing. The charges it lists are nearly identical to those that are on the bills I (thankfully) saved post-surgery. I've called their billing department a couple of times, to no avail. The gist of the conversations: "It's for the surgery. Pay it." What are my options?
posted by eenagy on Feb 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Medical bill got returned by USPS and sent to collections: how to fix?

I recently found out a medical bill got returned by the post office and went to collections. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 2, 2013 - 6 answers

No bacta tank, many hours of waiting

Medical-results-waiting-game Filter: How have you (or a loved one) dealt with waiting for medical tests and for the results? How do you stop yourself from pessimism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Botox injections and neutropenia

Are there risks in having botox injections for a neutropenia sufferer? A relation of mine is determined to have botox injections to get rid of wrinkles, however, they suffer badly from cyclic neutropenia which means that their immune system is often weak and have white blood cell issues and consequently they get infections frequently. I am aware that botox is botulinum toxin and I have kept trying to persuade her to see her doctor before having botox injections, to check whether they are safe for her in light of neutropenia. She is desperate to go ahead with this and it is hard to persuade her to get medical advice on this. From a layman's perspective, I am concerned that this may be dangerous for her. Does anybody with medical knowledge, perhaps haematology, know if this botox is safe for neutropenia sufferers? Many thanks!
posted by conrad101 on Jul 20, 2012 - 1 answer

My sister is waiting for a lung transplant. Help me reduce her anxiety.

My sister is in hospital waiting for a lung transplant. Help me keep her rampaging anxiety under control. [more inside]
posted by teedee2000 on Jun 10, 2012 - 20 answers

How to quickly raise iron levels outside of being hospitalized.

In the U.S., what options exist for a nearly immediate increase in hemoglobin levels (or iron) outside of a blood transfusion in a hospital? [more inside]
posted by who squared on Nov 15, 2011 - 15 answers

access to trustworthy medical diagnosis for boy from Tajikistan

My relatives need some advice - a sick nephew in Tajikistan does not have access to trustworthy medical diagnosis. [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Jan 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Bring out the gimp.

Bicycle accident, sprained or otherwise damaged knee, no insurance - where to go in the East Bay for help? [more inside]
posted by anotherkate on Jan 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Hospital Transfer Help

How to get a hospital transfer approved and done *fast*? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Dec 22, 2010 - 13 answers

What are the numbers on website use for poor medical patients?

A medical organization that serves 1) the elderly and 2) economically disadvantaged people in general would like me to justify, using demographics data, the cost of a new website. [more inside]
posted by circular on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I best deal with this without affecting my credit?

I just received a statement from a medical facility stating I owe them a couple hundred bucks plus $100+ in interest. Date of service is supposedly 10/06. I am in California. This is the first bill I have received, and I have lived at this address for over 4 years. [more inside]
posted by 6:1 on Aug 8, 2010 - 5 answers

Hospital bill over a year later? Really?

Just received a $1400 hospital bill for a ER visit I made OVER 14 MONTHS AGO. How is this okay, and what do I say to plead with them? [more inside]
posted by ashtabula to opelika on Jul 31, 2010 - 21 answers

Inhospitable Hospitals

Can anyone point me towards detailed comparisons or information about the management fees and/or costs at hospitals in other countries? [more inside]
posted by johannahdeschanel on Apr 27, 2009 - 2 answers

Source for Medical Malpractice Insurance Quotes for Doctors/Hospitals?

Do you know of any reasonably credible sources that list the premiums and deductibles that hospitals/doctors (of any kind, but largely medical surgeons for intensive-care/emergency/surgical hospitals) pay for medical malpractice insurance? I'm researching figures for a malpractice reform idea. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Mar 16, 2009 - 2 answers

Right now it's more of a 'gesture'...

In the medical world, what is the difference between an "operation" and a "procedure"? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jan 15, 2009 - 6 answers

What can I say 'no' to?

What treatments/procedures/personnel can you decline in the hospital? I know that I have the legal right to decline anything, but does the hospital have to continue to serve me if I do? Does it matter if I do or don't have a regular doctor affiliated with the hospital? Does it matter if its an emergency or not? [more inside]
posted by serazin on Nov 20, 2008 - 18 answers

Patient looking for Medical Student

How do I find a medical school that is looking for patients? [more inside]
posted by polexxia on Aug 11, 2008 - 4 answers

Going private in Hong Kong

In short: how does my father, trapped in a hospital bed, get a private doctor and a second opinion? [more inside]
posted by electriccynic on May 30, 2007 - 2 answers

Help me advocate for hospital patient relative

How to get the best hospital care in a time sensitive situation. [more inside]
posted by mabelstreet on Dec 22, 2006 - 22 answers

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