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1 iceweasel  Sep 23, 2014 2:42:53am

What a great post— but my god, I am so sorry you had to go through that! Thank you for sharing it with us. So sorry about your loss . Crohn’s disease is vile.

I’m kinda at a loss for words in the face of your eloquence— I hope you’ll forgive me for not saying more at the moment.

((Backwoods Sleuth)) hugs.

2 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 23, 2014 5:34:37am

re: #1 iceweasel

thank you.
It’s just so frustrating that the cost of healthcare has become so scrambled and increased to astronomical levels.
It’s about the only thing that Americans buy without knowing the price in advance.
Just insane.
I would much prefer the NHS or any of the other “evil socialist” systems.

3 iceweasel  Sep 23, 2014 6:25:53am

re: #2 Backwoods_Sleuth

thank you.
It’s just so frustrating that the cost of healthcare has become so scrambled and increased to astronomical levels.
It’s about the only thing that Americans buy without knowing the price in advance.
Just insane.
I would much prefer the NHS or any of the other “evil socialist” systems.

I have to say—since I moved here (Scotland) 5 years ago, I’ve had only great service from the NHS. It’s made me even angrier about the inequalities in the US system. Jimmah (AyePod) lived with me for 3 months in NYC before I moved here, and part of the reason he went back (before I got permission to enter Scotland on a spousal visa) was because he had a health issue, and he would get better care in Scotland.

You’re right— it IS frustrating— I’ve posted before about a friend of mine, in GA, who lost her house and her savings when her son was in a motorcycle accident— She had insurance and so did her husband, and her son was covered, but the insurance company decreed that facial reconstruction was an ‘elective’ surgery. (!)

the poor kid had extensive damages, and only an insurance company or a wingnut (or a psychopath) would claim that fixing your face and jaw were ‘elective’.
Absolutely disgusting!

Thanks again for posting this, sorry for my rant.

4 Backwoods_Sleuth  Sep 23, 2014 6:45:34am

re: #3 iceweasel

Most excellent rant, with which I agree 100%.
Probably the worst thing that happened to healthcare in the US was the insurance companies taking complete control over medical decisions.
Adequate/appropriate healthcare is no longer the priority, profits are.
When a person can still go bankrupt despite having health insurance, there is something desperately wrong.

5 Boondocksaint  Sep 23, 2014 8:35:51am

Having lived in Japan, I can’t emphasize enough how much America’s health care system is disturbingly broken. Health care in Japan must of been ten times better than in America, and that’s not an exaggeration, its just sad.

6 klys  Sep 23, 2014 12:47:57pm

My mother-in-law has Crohn’s disease and yet the last time I talked politics with her was a discussion where she was vehemently against the ACA and the government being involved in providing health care (she’s on Medicare now).

/sigh


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