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    I'm so sorry GGT
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    Sorry to hear that GG
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    Greece shows us that there is a kind of politician worse than the ones that break their election promises; the ones that keep their election promises.

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    Some of you overseas folks will get a kick out of this. This is just the first page from 1 of 3 separate bills from my kidney stone. I was in the hospital for maybe 2 hours before being sent home to pass the stone myself. Shit like for profit healthcare is why candidates like Bernie are so appealing for the next generation of voters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    Some of you overseas folks will get a kick out of this. This is just the first page from 1 of 3 separate bills from my kidney stone. I was in the hospital for maybe 2 hours before being sent home to pass the stone myself. Shit like for profit healthcare is why candidates like Bernie are so appealing for the next generation of voters.
    Haha...

    Yeah, it's nasty.
    I wonder what my 21 rounds of chemo (ABDV, DHAP, Brentuximab vedotin/Bendamustine combo, 21 days radiation therapy and an auto stem cell would have cost me...
    I know the mean is somewhat around $150,000 for the later; but it largly depens on were in the world you do it... in India it's a 1/3rd?!

    I have also done 5-6 PET-CTs these recent three years, just to relate.
    (I have lost counts since I don't have to care about it... I support avoiding more if not needed...)

    I recall a PET-CT is 2-3 times more expensive (usually).
    Still... would expect something like $ 1,500-3,000, not $19,000 (?)
    So are my google search incorrect or what is missing?
    (I have googled some PET-CTs at $13,000!)

    But you have insurances covering that? Isn't that the way to go?

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    Insurance here is tied to employment and pretty much everything has moved to HDCPs. So you have to pay for and exceed a certain threshold before insurance will even speak to you about coverage. Even after that point you still have to help cover each charge. Because charges against insurances for treatment look like the bill I received. IIRC my employer recently passed a million dollars a year in insurance costs just to subscribe to the plan that they offer us.

    From this one bill I owe about $4200. I still have to handle the separate bills from the ER doctor and the separate bill from the tech who ran CT machine
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    Hospitals found ways to game the system. More and more are being called lab fees, because insurance usually requires you to pay a set percentage. More and more doctors are effectively considered independent contractors, allowing them to charge a separate fee. The billed costs of procedures are unrelated to how much they actually cost the hospital and are based on complex formulas predicting how much insurance would pay. None of this behavior goes away with government-paid healthcare (in fact, lower profit margins will probably make it worse). You'd need government-run healthcare for that, and that comes with its own set of problems.
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    A coworker who routinely cuts corners and despite that being pointed out regularly, never improved. Now we found out he screwed up a calibration in many ways. We had a meeting on what to do next (it has been used extensively since), where he mostly tried to find excuses (which to me is irrelevant - it went wrong and we should fix it and try to learn from it). And I got a distinct impression he wants top sweep it under the rug, which is wrong for multiple reasons. Now he went straight over our group lead top the manager to complain that I 'attacked' him.

    I mean we work on medical devices, this kind of thing is serious, and he complains?
    Keep on keepin' the beat alive!

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    OG was treated at a "for profit" hospital during an emergency. That's a real problem with American medicine; not whether employer-subsidized insurance pays partial costs, or that hospitals have figured out how to game the insurance industry. Classic "prisoner's dilemma".

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    #2nd re-organization at work this year.
    I'm so damn tired of the mess so I have started to work on my cv again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    My beloved cat died yesterday. She was 15 yrs old and had been ill recently, so it wasn't a total surprise. I knew she was living on borrowed time. Thought I'd prepared myself, but that's different from being ready.

    I'm glad she was at home and died in her sleep, peacefully. She had a good life, and was so loved, like part of the family. It's hard to say goodbye
    Sorry to hear that. Cats are the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ominous Gamer View Post
    Some of you overseas folks will get a kick out of this. This is just the first page from 1 of 3 separate bills from my kidney stone. I was in the hospital for maybe 2 hours before being sent home to pass the stone myself. Shit like for profit healthcare is why candidates like Bernie are so appealing for the next generation of voters.
    Yeah. I paid (and subsequently was reimbursed for it - private healthcare is weird in Germany) about 12,000€ for my kidney stone episode.

    Mind, those 12K€ included:
    - 3*3 days in the hospital in a one-bed room
    - 4 micro-invasive surgeries under full anesthesia
    - laser lithotripsie

    The original plan was a mere 2 surgeries, mind. The first one to insert a DJ-catheter in order to widen the ureter and the second one to blast the stone apart with a laser and then pull out the fragments. Problem was that the stone had become attached to the kidney lining, hence the additional two surgeries.
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    So when I got my job as a physiotherapist August last year, I kinda had a bad premonition about the company. Turns out that premonition was 100% true, and that they are screwing me over completely now. It was a 50% position, where I was promised verbally that I'd be doing only physiotherapy related tasks. As it was promised by the daily manager that I would cooperate directly with, I figured that it was alright that the written contract didn't specify that. But I still found it a bit weird that the contract specifically states that the company at whatever given point, can change my assignments, location of workplace and time of work. So today, 6 months after, they just announced that they will be moving location 30 minutes to the west. New quarters, not that bad, I thought, despite the increased travel. Then I got pulled in to a meeting, where I was also informed that instead of working day time 10AM til 4PM, I will now be obliged to do shift work, 7 - 3PM some days, 3PM to 11PM others. That necessarily means I won't be home before until midnight. I'll also have to work weekends every third week, again not part of the original arrangement. To make matters even worse, they also completely changed the assignments - now my main obligations should be in the day care, cleaning, tending to, caring.. rather than actual physiotherapy. The latter will become more of a byproduct, in those cases that a customer additionally wants physiotherapy.

    I sorta feel like this was their plan all along, but that they have kept their plans hidden from me all this while. It's a hard beating, as I have also been looking at buying an apartment with my girlfriend. Now those plans have been put on hold indefinitely. The timing of the meeting is also peculiar, as I coincidentally am done in the trial period tomorrow, so I have to decide immediately if I want to quit my job, or else I'll be stuck there for an additional 3 and a half months.
    Tomorrow is like an empty canvas that extends endlessly, what should I sketch on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazuha Vinland View Post
    So when I got my job as a physiotherapist August last year, I kinda had a bad premonition about the company. Turns out that premonition was 100% true, and that they are screwing me over completely now. It was a 50% position, where I was promised verbally that I'd be doing only physiotherapy related tasks. As it was promised by the daily manager that I would cooperate directly with, I figured that it was alright that the written contract didn't specify that. But I still found it a bit weird that the contract specifically states that the company at whatever given point, can change my assignments, location of workplace and time of work. So today, 6 months after, they just announced that they will be moving location 30 minutes to the west. New quarters, not that bad, I thought, despite the increased travel. Then I got pulled in to a meeting, where I was also informed that instead of working day time 10AM til 4PM, I will now be obliged to do shift work, 7 - 3PM some days, 3PM to 11PM others. That necessarily means I won't be home before until midnight. I'll also have to work weekends every third week, again not part of the original arrangement. To make matters even worse, they also completely changed the assignments - now my main obligations should be in the day care, cleaning, tending to, caring.. rather than actual physiotherapy. The latter will become more of a byproduct, in those cases that a customer additionally wants physiotherapy.

    I sorta feel like this was their plan all along, but that they have kept their plans hidden from me all this while. It's a hard beating, as I have also been looking at buying an apartment with my girlfriend. Now those plans have been put on hold indefinitely. The timing of the meeting is also peculiar, as I coincidentally am done in the trial period tomorrow, so I have to decide immediately if I want to quit my job, or else I'll be stuck there for an additional 3 and a half months.
    Sorry to hear it. This is where you talk things through with a lawyer at whatever professional union you may be a part of just to get a better idea of your options, and start looking for another job after looking up your rights wrt unemployment benefits (regular + ev. union-provided). Again, really sorry to hear you're having to go through this, and it must be immensely stressful, but it does sound like they're trying to screw you over pretty severely. Staying on for another 3 months is an option if the other alternatives are garbage and if you're both dead set on getting an apartment asap, but being unemployed with a new mortgage can be stressful. Make an informed decision, talk things through with your GF so that you're on the same page. Burn a few effigies of these fuckers but don't leave any evidence of the ritual
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  15. #5205
    Watching the US devolve. This isn't what I'd expected when I chose to have children. Quite the paradox.

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    Other things that are counter-intuitive, but less important in the grand scheme of things: cooking for one. It's harder than it seems, and is ultimately an exercise in futility. There's no way to cook a decent chili, stew or soup for just one person. You can't give the food away, and freezing extra portions is a depressing reminder that you live alone, and will defrost/cook in the microwave.

    I envy the cooking aromas that emanate from my neighbor's apartments -- it means there will be family meals, and lots of joy and laughter in eating together. I miss that as an empty nester. *sigh*

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Watching the US devolve. This isn't what I'd expected when I chose to have children. Quite the paradox.
    There is no paradox, not really. You just chose the wrong side, as it were. Because America is Reaganland, isn't it? Fuck you, got mine chose the day. There is no happy end, no way out of Vietnam except through Peace with Honor, there is only the quiet solitude in knowing that I have the finest smart phone, that I have what those who lack desire. Nothing else remains, and that is what America was always about. To push others aside and stand on their bones.

    What did you expect?
    In the future, the Berlin wall will be a mile high, and made of steel. You too will be made to crawl, to lick children's blood from jackboots. There will be no creativity, only productivity. Instead of love there will be fear and distrust, instead of surrender there will be submission. Contact will be replaced with isolation, and joy with shame. Hope will cease to exist as a concept. The Earth will be covered with steel and concrete. There will be an electronic policeman in every head. Your children will be born in chains, live only to serve, and die in anguish and ignorance.
    The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessus View Post
    There is no paradox, not really. You just chose the wrong side, as it were. Because America is Reaganland, isn't it? Fuck you, got mine chose the day. There is no happy end, no way out of Vietnam except through Peace with Honor, there is only the quiet solitude in knowing that I have the finest smart phone, that I have what those who lack desire. Nothing else remains, and that is what America was always about. To push others aside and stand on their bones.

    What did you expect?
    Something better. The other side that wasn't about supremacy, or exploitation, or myths about self-sufficiency and what it means to be a "successful" human being. Hope is easier when we're young -- does it really matter if it's naivety or cautious optimism? Now I'm older and skeptical (bordering on pessimistic) because progress comes so slowly, and not always in the best ways. That's my impatience and disappointment talking. Not nihilism.

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    Nessus, maybe I was young, naive and easily influenced by the promise of America. I certainly wouldn't be the first.

    Maybe the US really is just a big piece of shit with lots of money, hiding under the coattails of Imperialism or Colonization, but calls itself by other names that sound better (like Republic, or Democracy), and I've been duped...and passed a false hope onto my kids. Gee, thanks for reminding me that I failed at parenthood.

    It makes it so much easier to forego their hugs and kisses. I don't deserve their affection.
    Last edited by GGT; 03-22-2020 at 10:30 AM.

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    It also pisses me off to hear religious preachers on the radio or TV. News Alert: God isn't listening. And we can't pray away our problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GGT View Post
    Nessus, maybe I was young, naive and easily influenced by the promise of America. I certainly wouldn't be the first.
    You were the marketplace whereupon Ronald Reagan, and yes even Richard Nixon, built their fortunes upon. You were the generation that had it all!
    In the future, the Berlin wall will be a mile high, and made of steel. You too will be made to crawl, to lick children's blood from jackboots. There will be no creativity, only productivity. Instead of love there will be fear and distrust, instead of surrender there will be submission. Contact will be replaced with isolation, and joy with shame. Hope will cease to exist as a concept. The Earth will be covered with steel and concrete. There will be an electronic policeman in every head. Your children will be born in chains, live only to serve, and die in anguish and ignorance.
    The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nessus View Post
    You were the marketplace whereupon Ronald Reagan, and yes even Richard Nixon, built their fortunes upon. You were the generation that had it all!
    Just because I'm part of a demographic that benefited from an era (Nixon or Reagan) doesn't mean I support today's Republican party politics/policies.

    None of us gets to choose our parents, or when/where we're born. But we do get to decide public policy -- presuming that's what democracies do -- and that's not just for money, economics, or political ideology but *people*.

    That's partly why I'm so disturbed by watching the US devolve: I didn't vote for this crap. I've wanted Universal Healthcare since the early 80's when I was a young RN and saw the discrepancies by employment and income. And I've watched as monetary and fiscal policies have failed the average worker and future generations, year over year, decade by decade.

    Maybe this time is different? If it's not, then shame on everyone. Including the younger demographics that don't vote.

  23. #5213
    My older sister, with advanced degrees in Medical Technology/Blood Banking and Quality Assurance (recently retired from J&J) just asked me to drive almost two hundred miles to come "hang out" with her (and her husband) during the pandemic. It would be more fun than me being alone.

    On the other side of things, her 90 yr old mother-in-law is dividing time b/w PA and VA households, and they're still talking about where to go out for dinner.


    Also, I'm having trouble getting news about my 93 year old ex father-in-law who lives in an Indiana nursing home.
    Last edited by GGT; 03-25-2020 at 09:23 PM.

  24. #5214
    My other sister in Indiana is sending funny gifs of cats being tired after just 2 days of "social distancing".

    Human behavior + social context + political ideology *plus religious beliefs* = Cognitive Dissonance
    Last edited by GGT; 03-26-2020 at 02:11 AM.

  25. #5215
    The anti-abortion crowd is exploiting the covid19 pandemic for political purposes. Think of all the unborn babies who are killed! *insert restrictions* in the massive federal relief package.

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