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  •  Been there. Exploit everything you can. (5+ / 0-)

    I had the first heart attack on Memorial Day weekend last year.  It started with a heart-burn-ish feeling after eating pizza during a cleanout day at the theater, and a call to my doc resulted in a referral to the emergency room.

    The referral saved me the e-room charge.

    An EKG confirmed the MI, and the bloodwork to check the enzymes revealed Type 2 diabetes (which I didn't know I had).  If you don't know, ask a nurse to check your glucose while you're in there.  A pin-prick and a drop of blood later, and you'll know.  And if you are, check with your doctor and insurance company.  I got a glucose meter kit for free, the Metformin is free, the monitor supplies are all but paid for, and the eventual changeover to insulin will be free.  ASK NOW!

    5 days in CICU, a cath, angio, and 2 stents later, and I was home.  The total bill was just over $91k --- and my total out-of-pocket co-pay was $200.  Insurance picked up all the rest.

    The second one came in November after a heavy day's work building a theater set.  Back to the hospital, more tests, then a stress test that revealed another problem with the heart.  They kicked me home for a few days (the hospital was full!), brought me back a week later, and did another cath/angio/stent-placement.  This time, the total co-pay was $300 for another $49k worth of work.

    I pay a total of $500 out-of-pocket for two heart attacks, and the poor schmuck who doesn't have insurance would've paid $140,000.  THIS is why we need single-payer.

    Don't sweat this thing.  It's a good opportunity to kick back, chill out, and do some positive reflecting....

    Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

    by Liberal Panzer on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:25:27 AM PST

    •  The uninsured are charged full price (2+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob, Liberal Panzer

      Single payer makes so much sense to me. We really should make a better effort at dispelling the misconceptions about it.

      •  We've taken the first step. (0+ / 0-)

        Our first real effort at healthcare for all survived SCOTUS, and it'll gradually survive all the nonsensical challenges at the states'-level, too.  The for-profits' "high tide" has ebbed....

        Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

        by Liberal Panzer on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:36:56 PM PST

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    •  six stents later (2+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob, Liberal Panzer

      and I am fine. In 2003 had same symptoms as you. My arteries needed a good deal of help. Good luck to you and I feel fine. I hope you will too.

      "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between" Oscar Wilde

      by angry hopeful liberal on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 08:36:54 AM PST

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      •  Three is more than enough for me.... (1+ / 0-)
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        I walked into our City building the other day to pay the water bill.  I know the officer who was working the security detector, and he waved me on through.  For the first time ever, I set off the alarm.

        I showed him the stent cards, and we were getting a good laugh over it --- especially when three of the biggest cops I've ever seen came storming out into the hallway --- and heard the two of us joking about "terrorist stents!"

        Proponents of gun violence own guns. Opponents of gun violence do not own guns. What part of this do you not understand?

        by Liberal Panzer on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 12:46:25 PM PST

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