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August 12, 2019

Kaiser Health News: To save money, American patients and surgeons meet in Cancun

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 10:46

To save money, American patients and surgeons meet in Cancun
The patient is from Mississippi. The surgeon is from Wisconsin. They meet in a Mexican resort for knee replacement surgery. Because the care costs so much less than in the U.S, the patient’s health plan pays her $5,000.

Read in Kaiser Health News: https://apple.news/A78EneS7GQ9CXEa54pRPYMQ

Shared from Apple News

Sent from my iPad,Hugs and Best wishes,
Scottie

10 Comments »

  1. Even doctors and insurance companies now admit that health care in the U.S. is overpriced. This is a nutso development.
    Expect to hear absolutely nothing about this story/development from mainstream media.

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    Comment by MDavis — August 12, 2019 @ 14:02

    • Hello MDavis. Yes I agree. Even the medical establishment knows it can not keeping going this way. Hospitals are losing so much money it is not funny. They have to provide minimal care to poor people in the E.R. and they do not get reimbursed. Plus anyone under insured they have to eat the costs as they can not collect. Rural hospitals are closing all over the country in places that did not take the Medicaid expansion, and that is another reason why Medicare for all is a good thing, hospitals will stay open and clinics will keep running.

      In my time in the ICU I knew some doctors that were in it for only the money, they spent their time with PT’s barely caring and most of the time on the phones / computers at the nurses desk surfing real estate on the internet to buy. They never could be reached if there was a problem. One doctor told me he shouldn’t have to pay taxes, paying taxes was for people like me. However I also knew great doctors who were regular people working really long hard hours. People who would come on the ICU and ask me how I was, how was Ron, and talk with me. They were not in it for the money alone. They also were the most popular doctors. And they had the best practices. One doctor use to talk with me about Sci-fi stories and another about ancient weapons. I guess there are good and bad in every field. But yes our system is headed for a huge crash, they are killing the goose that lays the golden egg. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 12, 2019 @ 15:38

      • Ooh, yeah, the Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs! That is a good one. I think of it whenever people claim that companies should care more about stockholders and their return on investment than any other consideration in publicly held companies (incidentally, I remember, from the 70s, I think – a sci-fi story, probably in Analog, where a company is just starting out as a public corp. and the founders are thrilled at the outcome of their but the stock people tell them they have failed. “What do you mean?” say the erstwhile owners, “we did great!”+ But, no, their stock had not gained enough, the people had oversold it and the shortfall was somehow the founders’ fault. Predictive fiction, and people just got used to that crap.
        I’m here to tell you, Scottie, we could start a religion based on the Brothers Grimm. Just call it “the parable [add title]” Like “The Parable of the Goose Girl” – nothing to do with the egg-laying one, this girl ended up coming home with gold pieces stuck on her clothing. The right wing ought to like that one, except for the part where her sisters saw and took her place but ended up covered with oil or soot instead because they were jerks. Hmm, kindness is repaid with gold, no, once they put it together the right wing would just say that the real message is “Obey” for the promise of gold, with the payoff never happening. We could do some re-writes, though. Hoodwinked did. Pratchett took a whack at the Hansel and Gretel story, too, when he introduced Tiffany Aching.

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        Comment by MDavis — August 13, 2019 @ 01:27

        • Hello MDavis. Interesting ideas. Have you tried your hand at writing short stories? Hugs

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          Comment by Scottie — August 13, 2019 @ 04:42

          • I’d have to give credit. That last one is either Hans Christian Anderson or the Brothers Grimm. I had a big version of the Grimm book as a kid. It wasn’t cleaned up enough for Cinderella’s sisters to escape foot surgery and that bird ratting them out, but they cut Brother Gaily.

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            Comment by MDavis — August 13, 2019 @ 15:23

            • Hello MDavis. Still do you think you could do some short stories? There is such a need for young people stories I think you could have a shot. Hugs

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              Comment by Scottie — August 13, 2019 @ 19:08

  2. Scottie – let’s talk. I’ve been looking at this comment in a sort of stunned and embarrassed surprise and wistfulness, but I can’t seem to come up with an answer. Too much there.

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    Comment by MDavis — August 14, 2019 @ 13:44

    • Hello MDavis. This what our capitalist healthcare system has come too, it is far cheaper to go to Canada for our medications and to mexico for our dental and surgical needs. I actually know some one who went to Mexico to get their dental work done to save thousands of dollars. So what comment bothered you? Talk to me friend and I will answer. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — August 14, 2019 @ 17:36

      • “Bothered” isn’t the word I would choose. Flustered, maybe.
        You suggested that I write short stories. I have been practicing writing in several places for years now, thinking it wouldn’t really work because when I first started writing something it was unreadable – now I don’t know what to think.

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        Comment by MDavis — August 15, 2019 @ 02:08


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