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    I had a scare this week about insurance. I have it, but I had to have a procedure done and the insurance had to be verified. The clinic asked me to be there at 6AM to have the procedure. Well, when I got there they had failed to verify my insurance and wouldn't let me get the procedure until they could get in touch with my insurance company. This was very frustrating! Finally at about 9AM they came to get me and took me back. I could have just stayed in bed for 3 more hours!

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      GregP_WN

      I have had that happen too, if they only knew what a stress and anxiety that puts into us!

      about 1 month ago
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      BarbarainBham

      Plus I bet you had an empty stomach, too!!

      about 1 month ago
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      BoiseB

      That happened to me twice. Once it happened after I had drunk the contrast. When I called the Dr.s office the insurance clerk told me to go ahead sign the papers taking responsibility for the charges (almost $4000). Luckily I don't have to rely on an employer for insurance I switched out insurances at the first open enrollment.

      about 1 month ago
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    LisaR asked a questionStomach Cancer

    Yesterday I mentioned to my clinic where I get treated that I didn't know what I would do if I lost my insurance with all this political

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      BarbarainBham

      To BuckeyeShelby, thanks for sharing that story. I'm always surprised when patients don't know a doctor legally has the option not to see a patient---imagine going thru school and residency all those years and when you finally went to work, you had to put up with screaming, cursing patients!

      To Molly72, I do try to avoid petty and untrue statements, but need you to tell me specifically what is petty or untrue about what I said. Here's my quote:

      "That said, I don't expect you to lose your insurance because of the new healthcare. Things I've heard mentioned are able bodied young people will have to go to work rather than be on Medicaid, which is the way it always was until Obama changed it."

      I was explaining one reason for people the CBO said would lose their insurance. I hope your daughter finds a full-time job soon. Sometimes relocating helps.

      3 months ago
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      Molly72

      I will repeat your untrue & petty & generalized statement:
      "able bodied young people will have to go to work rather than be on Medicaid, which is the way it always was until Obama changed it."

      Let's not be callous about young people who do work, do work hard and for very little money.
      They can not afford medical insurance, and it looks like in the future, if our selfish Republicans
      in Washington have their way, 14 + million Americans will also not be able to have any insurance.

      Many young people are working, or furthering their education, or even raising a family. They are doing the best that they can. Not all have had the social/economic upbringing that you & I have had. Not to empathize with them is neither helping them or even yourself.

      3 months ago
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      Jalemans

      Hmm... I can only speak from my own experience, but, I know many young working people who were able to get insurance due to the ACA who would otherwise not be able to afford ins otherwise. These people are bank tellers, customer service reps, hair stylists, and food servers. At $10/hr, for example, they only gross @ $20K/yr if they work full time. A simple apartment costs @$1000/mo. Then they have food & transportation costs.

      I have never met a single person who didn't work because they could get medical insurance by not working.

      I think there is a misconception about this.

      3 months ago
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    LisaR asked a questionStomach Cancer

    Prior to your diagnosis, did you consider yourself a "healthy eater"?

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      BoiseB

      I was anorexic and sometimes bulimic as a young person. Those are not healthy eating habits. When I got married I cooked healthy meals for my husband but I threw them up. After my divorce I had to eat somewhat just to keep up my strength to raise my children. Once my children left home I went back to my old habits. Just last week I read an article on esophageal cancer in bulimic women. It is very hard to track because bulimia is rare in men and esophageal cancer is unusual in women.

      5 months ago
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      Coconut

      I was not a healthy eater. I eat a lot. Before cancer, and still have problems with my eating habits. I always look fit and I thought that I was lucky to wear small size which gave me more incentives to continue eating sweets. I believe that eating is One factor and we are really what we eat and also believe that my cancer was triggered by m bad habits.

      5 months ago
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      Carool

      Well, I had stopped eating red meat years ago, but continued to eat fowl and fish. I've now stopped eating any animal flesh other than fish, for health reasons, not because I love animals, though I do love animals. I still eat tons of cheese and some sweets. Some vegetables but few fruits. I've been restricting alcohol intake to a glass of wine or beer once a month, as one of the things current studies show is that alcohol intake is correlated to an increased chance of developing a breast cancer. A high-fat diet isn't too great, either, so I try to not eat so much cheese....

      5 months ago
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