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Cakelady

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I know here in California that the ERs are bracing themselves because when people don't have insurance instead of going to the doctor they go to the ER and then the ER has to treat them regardless if they can pay or not

My son broke his arm last month and it was like over five hours that we waited in the ER and we went through there fast track system just imagine if you needed to be put on a heart machine or something like that the wait would be in less

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I hear ya, Cake. When my mom got appendicitis at age 82, her doc told me to take her to Urgent Care, which is where they routed everything but really bad injuries. He called UC so she wouldn't have to wait. We waited 45 minutes--Most people waited two hours!--with her in extreme pain. Her appendix burst before she was seen. The surgeon said it was a real mess.

And the thing with people going to the ER is that hospitals pass those costs along to everyone else. And ER's are only obligated to stabilize the patients. So if a guy is brought in in cardiac arrest because his heart is failing, they have to take care of the heart attack but do not have to give him the transplant he really needs. So he'll be back.
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You know about 6 years ago (might be off on the time) but my daughter was warming up soup after cheer practice on a Sunday night. Our microwave is above our stove. Our English bull dog Sammy was in the house and if you are in the kitchen Sammy is in the kitchen with us. Sammy got underneath her feet and the hot soup spilled on her. I called the ER and they said bring her in. I was kinda p i s s e d because it was 9 pm .

We got there and they took us right back but they did not have any beds. She I literally had to sit in the hallway where everyone can see her. I had to stand next to her. The doctor came but because we were in the hallway she could not take her shirt off. The doctor told us they are not bad the nurse will be in to but some cream on them. The nurse couldn't put the cream on her because she could not take her shirt off because we are still in the hallway. I ended up taking her to her doctor the next day. Because they did not wash the area and did to cover it up the burns got worse.

So imagine my surprise when I get a bill that says we owe several thousand dollars. I called and ask why the bill was so high and they said because her burns were so bad. I said excuse me. We were in and out in 11/2 hours if that. They had her sit in the hallway and the doctor couldn't even see her wounds. I said I am not paying this bill and I am going to call the insurance and have them question the hospital which they did. I ended up not having to pay anything. But it got me thinking did they jack up my bill to cover those who did not have insurance ?

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Holy carrot cr@p......what a scam!!

Your story just goes to show where hospitals' priorities lie......crazy.
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The ER jacks up the price on those who have insurance to cover those that do not. Obamacare has a lot of flaws but it did do some good
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And on a related note...some lawmakers are trying to get the American Health Care Act (GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare) to include a provision allowing each state to decide whether or not Medicaid recipients should have to work in order to receive Medicaid. Currently, about 60% of those on Medicaid have jobs. Naturally, opinion is split along party lines as to why the other 40% are not working. 

My concern is for people here on the LFA message boards. I've seen how hard it is for most people who are on disability to give up working. I've also seen a lot of people who don't qualify for disability but who either can't work at all or could work some days, depending on symptoms. 

What do you think about this work-for-Medicare provision? Would it affect you at all?
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That's funny.....

could've sworn there were more posts on this thread.........
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Ya know? I think you're right Bun. smiley: Scratch1 - keystrokes: :scratch
Must be that game called deletion again!

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I don't get it why post then delete she might need more help then we could give her
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like they floated away......up....up....into the sky.

weird.
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smiley: Spring - keystrokes: :bfly
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Guys, I'm seriously worried about my health care costs. Looks like the AHCA will be amended and people my age will get better tax breaks, but holy carp, insurance companies will be able to charge whatever they want, and industry experts think premiums for people my age will skyrocket. What are people like me going to do? I guess a lot of them will opt out because what does a 30% surcharge matter if you can't afford the premiums WITHOUT the surcharge? Then the ER's will again be flooded with people who HAVE to be treated (but not cured), and everyone else will foot the bill again. I can't do that because my parents instilled such a strong paddle-your-own-canoe ethic into me that I'd literally die before I'd ask for charity. So come to think of it, I do have THAT option. 

Sorry to sound bitter. I'm just scared. 
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Ok Taffy you retired correct ? Are you getting social security? If so then you should be able to get Medicare right ?
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Confused...
Do we have two members with the same name?  smiley: Thwhat - keystrokes: :what

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That's odd.

Maybe Sky1 left?  and another Sky2 joined?
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