Ok thanks! I thought it got up ! What a shame! We are really so lucky here in OZ we grumble about waiting lists but if emergency we do get great help generally! I have a friend here from U S and she had a pre existing condition heart but got medical insurance and had to pay more premiums. She ended up having heart op and then a second emergency one. She is only here on a visa but if she became an OZ citizen she could get free health care if she gets sicker. She just got a three year position so now she can apply for OZ citizenship and free health. For example my gp dr who I see about every two weeks bulk bills me. Which means he claims the government payment and doesn't charge me the difference up to what he can charge. Nice fellow.
With no insurance I pay the GP $70 and my specialists (of which I have tons and have seen none since Jan) costs between $275 and $400. My medicines cost just under 400 a month and my disability pays me around $1400. Add living expensive and some months we don't get our meds. Not whining but welcome to my medical life
Originally Posted by Desleywr
Aw, friend, thank you so much for having my back. I gave myself a few hours of feeling defeated, and now I'm trying to claw my way back to fighting mode. It's so much easier to do that when you know people who are as appalled at the situation as you are. My sister sent me a quote from a Janet Evanovich book that I LOVE. It's Lula being Lula.
Originally Posted by tgal
"Even when things aren't looking too good, I don't let myself get beaten down. I just start pushing and shoving. Pretty soon I'm so loud and full of bull$&!# I just forget about being scared."
I'm keeping that one close to my heart.
for those of us who are not used to the american health system........
it is beyond belief what you go through.
i am sorry you have such a mess to deal with.
and they tell you to reduce stress?????????????
The healthcare system just makes me so very MAD! It is just not right that you ladies can't get the medical care that you need.
We need to keep pushing our government to pass a decent healthcare system!
Keep trying and pushing for the help that you need.
That is so frustrating and stressful for you all here if you are not receiving money from the gov you do need to pay some but your system seems to penalize the people who can't afford it. Disgusting really! And if you spend all your energy fighting for a better system you wouldn't have the energy to do anything else. Really sad!
Originally Posted by tgal
Oh, sharpie, I am SO sorry. I hate, hate, hate our system. It is the SYSTEM and those who prop it up that are damaged and inferior, not the people like us who need and deserve care! But you know what? People like that usually get what they deserve in the end.
The one rheumatologist we had here in town who was just awful and clearly in it for the money recently left. I have a feeling it's because he wasnt making it. Those who could went to Dallas or Lubbock for care. Those like myself who couldn't just found a good internist to treat us and coordinate care. People aren't going to put up with being treated badly and they WILL remember how they were treated, too. I hope those pain management people ultimately get exactly what they deserve.
And you, my dear, deserve better! Better than anything they have to offer, that's for sure!
just a thought........
this thread should be copied and sent to your local member of congress.
help them to understand what it means to have a life threatening ailment.
if each of you sent it to your local member........
at least they would not be ignorant, just ------------------?
Pardon me, but didn't the front desk IDIOTS know your insurance status when they booked the appointment? Could they have maybe informed you of these, uh, details when you made the appointment instead of the morning of the appointment and then make you wait several more months for treatment?
Makes me want to "...go all Alabama on them," to quota one if the Hosewives. Yes, I realize it's garbage TV, but it's a guilty pleasure. I digress.
Call their office manager and INSIST they get you in post-haste. This is nonsense!