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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 497

There is another solution you may not have heard of. You can become a member of a "Healthsharing ministry" (even if you aren't religious). I am a member of Liberty Healthshare myself. They will negotiate prices with providers on your behalf just like an insurance company. I've been a member for over a year now, and perhaps the best thing about it is that I've never had to read a letter from or talk on the phone with anyone from Blue Cross Blue Shield's "customer service".

I also know of providers who will provide competitive prices for self-pay patients. Just to give an example, I saved $100 on an ear exam and wax impaction removal by calling around.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 497

What you say is partially true. I agree that there need to be protections against greedy actors who would take advantage of the desperate.

However, when it comes to management of many conditions, I have found that cost and quality varies greatly from provider to provider and it can be extremely rewarding to shop around. For instance, I drive six hours each way to see a sleep specialist. Why? First of all, he doesn't treat me like a freak like some other doctors I've been to. Second, he obviously knows his stuff. Finally, his clinic will observe you in their sleep laboratory for two nights for less cost than one night at the local hospital here.

I've heard from patients with the same condition in the UK who say that they have their assigned specialist and if they aren't satisfied with the care they receive, they are totally out of luck.

Comment Re:The truth.... (Score 1) 151

Thanks for the response. What I was getting at is that I suspect that things like CPTSD happen on a spectrum of severity. I was simply speculating that perhaps I've experienced a much milder form of what you endured. I think that there's a lot of grey area between being abused as a POW and living a normal, happy life.

Comment Re:The truth.... (Score 1) 151

You you have CPTSD? I would like to pick your brain on something, if I may.

I am in my early thirties and I live with Asperger's Syndrome. I didn't know about Asperger's until my mid twenties. My entire childhood was spent being ostracised by other children for being different, and video games were my escape. Emotional abuse was just a part of life for me. I never considered myself a victim of PTSD, but I do remember a while back, I had a rather shocking flashback to repressed memories when my wife and I were discussing sending our child to school. Chief among these memories was the memory of being verbally and physically abused by older children on the school bus.

The thing is, even when you do understand a thing like Asperger's, it's still difficult to fit with "normal" people (or to use the jargon, neurotypicals). I mean, I've never been in a life-threatening situation on account of this, but I wonder if something like CPTSD could explain some of the emotional issues I live with.

Do you have any thoughts to share on this?

Comment Re:One party rule (Score 1) 2837

The "Obamacare" solution is for the government to mandate that you be provided insurance to pay that $5000 per month. You suggest that it is outrageous that Obamacare be repealed because without it, your sister may now have the money to pay for those drugs.

To me, the true outrage is that the drug company is gouging your sister and her insurance company for those drugs. I know of no other legal monopoly that has a heavily armed federal agency dedicated solely to its maintenance. (the DEA)

A real leader would tell the drug company where they can shove the $5000 price tag. /rant

Comment Re:Do they really want more people living on welfa (Score 1) 228

Some people would argue that there are reasons other than employment to be educated. When pursuing my master's degree in mathematics, I took a music class for my personal enjoyment. Did I waste my time because the music class had nothing to do with any job I applied for?

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