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  • leswp1
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    Originally posted by leswp1 View Post
    Chiming in at just what a fvck up the healthcare system is. FIL les was diagnosed with Leukemia 3 weeks ago. It is aggressive. The number of hoops roadblocks and BS so far is embarrassing. They told him he should start Rx ASAP but they needed to line up everything, do multiple prior auths, etc. Yesterday (3 weeks later than it should have been) he went to get his teaching for his PO chemo med. No one knew VVTF was going on. THe med wasn't approved, they wanted him to pay 2500$ copay for initial pill. He told them he didn't have it. Magically they applied for a grant. What should have been a 30 min appt lasted >3h while they worked their way thru obtaining the med that supposedly had already been approved.
    They also told him he can't screen his calls because the contract out the calls for appts, meds, pharmacy etc and people call from all over the country, with no verified ID.
    No one seems to be collaborating. He has diabetes was put on a med that makes it go wild and no one is monitoring. His new med has very serious cardiac effects and no one talked to his cardiologist- even tho he is less than 6 months out from a triple vessel bypass. I could go on.
    And, sadly all the scary stuff I posted about- wellll- He took med for a few days, got GI sx, was severely dehydrated. Pretty sure this was a combo of the new meds and metformin. He called at the start of GI sx and no one thought to stop the metformin (severe side effects if dehydration). He called us with air hunger/unable to breathe. ER via ambulance. His systems crashed spectacularly -->vented, acute renal failure, severe arrhythmia, cardiogenic shock (no one knows how he managed to survive). Kidneys may not recover. The PCP called his house about 3 days into admission, while he was still in ICU, with a reminder to follow up from his admission, over 3 weeks before. Merde.

    The ICU was great. Since hitting floor..... well. Docs talk about their specialty but no one is actually talking about whole picture. Hospitalist talks about him at foot of bed, in a whisper to us because she knows he can't hear. He is fully cognizant. She needs another job if she thinks this is how you handle things. (the cardiologist is a great guy- he knows FIL les and eventually sussed out that things were subpar and stepped in)

    Basic nursing (medicine) is lost. He refused meds because his mouth was so dry he wasn't able to swallow. The hospitalist called to say he was refusing meds and food, implying he was trying to passively die. No one thought to ask him why he was refusing the meds- they assumed he was packing it in. He wasn't refusing dialysis or IV meds. If he was refusing stuff to end it, why would he agree to that? I asked him what was up and if he was refusing to end things or was he having trouble getting it down? The latter. He jumped on the suggestion he could take them lix or crushed. Yup and he did. I got them to take him off a diabetic diet with all the artificial sweeteners. He is 87 flipping yrs old. Has NEVER eaten diabetic diet. They are covering him with sliding scale insulin. It is not rocket science. He hasn't stopped eating since.

    Way more than that but mother of pearl is the medical system sh1t. They set up the nurses and Providers to not be able to do a good job, separate the patient from their usual Providers and have no idea who the patient is. I really wonder what would have happened if I hadn't intervened.

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  • MissThundercat
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    Been battling a long term disability insurance provider.

    My HR said all forms were submitted and I'd hear back soon. Then I get communication from the insurance saying they weren't. Said the physician statement was blank. Then when i directly sent the "claims technician" the filled out statement, she said it wasn't that. I replied "on page 3, it says APS," then sent screenshots. The rep was like "it just took awhile to load," then said it was handled from there.

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  • leswp1
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    Chiming in at just what a fvck up the healthcare system is. FIL les was diagnosed with Leukemia 3 weeks ago. It is aggressive. The number of hoops roadblocks and BS so far is embarrassing. They told him he should start Rx ASAP but they needed to line up everything, do multiple prior auths, etc. Yesterday (3 weeks later than it should have been) he went to get his teaching for his PO chemo med. No one knew VVTF was going on. THe med wasn't approved, they wanted him to pay 2500$ copay for initial pill. He told them he didn't have it. Magically they applied for a grant. What should have been a 30 min appt lasted >3h while they worked their way thru obtaining the med that supposedly had already been approved.
    They also told him he can't screen his calls because the contract out the calls for appts, meds, pharmacy etc and people call from all over the country, with no verified ID.
    No one seems to be collaborating. He has diabetes was put on a med that makes it go wild and no one is monitoring. His new med has very serious cardiac effects and no one talked to his cardiologist- even tho he is less than 6 months out from a triple vessel bypass. I could go on.

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  • Handyman
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    Originally posted by aparch View Post
    I am so, so sorry. When I was laid off in 2011 Cobra was way too expensive so I didn't sign up.

    Obamacare open enrollment is still a couple months out I think.


    Healthcare tied to employment is such a scam. But the idiots don't understand how single payer healthcare would benefit them.
    I lost my insurance outside the enrollment and still was able to get it. You just gotta deal with 11000000000p phone calls from marketers.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Originally posted by aparch View Post
    I am so, so sorry. When I was laid off in 2011 Cobra was way too expensive so I didn't sign up.

    Obamacare open enrollment is still a couple months out I think.


    Healthcare tied to employment is such a scam. But the idiots don't understand how single payer healthcare would benefit them.
    I’m only doing cobra for October because Minnesota has better plans for half the cost. I just need to prove I was laid off which should be easy but the paperwork isn’t laid out how they want it I’ve spent my entire career working in healthcare and if I find this confusing….

    it’s a huge scam and I’m losing hope I’ll see the change in my lifetime.

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  • aparch
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    I am so, so sorry. When I was laid off in 2011 Cobra was way too expensive so I didn't sign up.

    Obamacare open enrollment is still a couple months out I think.


    Healthcare tied to employment is such a scam. But the idiots don't understand how single payer healthcare would benefit them.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    **** the us healthcare system

    lost my job, enrolling in cobra isn’t straightforward

    trying to enroll in mnsure going forward and they want documents that just don’t exist how they want them from my employer

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Oh my god, FedEx IVR system sucks

    they “delievered” a package today and when I couldn’t find it, I checked the proof of delivery picture and it wasn’t my house.

    calling to report this was an absolute nightmare

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  • dxmnkd316
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    As much as I love The Shield, it wasn't healthy for the country.

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  • FadeToBlack&Gold
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    Cops have been doing this to blacks since the invention of cops. Blacks have been telling whites about it for that long. Whites never believed them. Then cell phones happened.

    Stop making conservatives your cops, soldiers, or priests. Abuse and murder are inevitable when conservatives have any power. They are cowards overcompensating for the futility of their lives.
    When some whites started to believe them, we created dozens upon dozens of TV procedurals and Dirty Harry movies to shove the "all copz R heeros!" narrative down suburban America's throat. Even Cowboy Cop is always depicted sympathetically - his methods may constitute police brutality, but dammit he gets results and if the stupid chief would just cut him some slack, a lot more bad guys would be off the streets!

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  • Kepler
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    Cops have been doing this to blacks since the invention of cops. Blacks have been telling whites about it for that long. Whites never believed them. Then cell phones happened.

    Stop making conservatives your cops, soldiers, or priests. Abuse and murder are inevitable when conservatives have any power. They are cowards overcompensating for the futility of their lives.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Handyman View Post

    If it happened tomorrow he wouldn't be convicted. It was a lucky number of coincidences not the least of which was the world going bat[bleep] crazy. But cops are doing this stuff every day and nothing is being done to stop them so I think Chauvin is still the exception.
    You're probably right. I'm still leaving it as a notch in the win column. :-)

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  • Handyman
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    I don't disagree. But 10 years ago I'm not sure he's convicted.
    If it happened tomorrow he wouldn't be convicted. It was a lucky number of coincidences not the least of which was the world going bat[bleep] crazy. But cops are doing this stuff every day and nothing is being done to stop them so I think Chauvin is still the exception.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    Originally posted by Handyman View Post

    Chauvin only got nailed because he was caught on camera and the quality was good enough you could see look on his face and hear/see how not in danger he was and how bad Floyd was suffering. If a young lady isn't there to get that footage or if it was grainy or out of focus there are no protests and George Floyd is just another uppity Negro who threatened cops and should have never resisted. It was dumb luck...especially since his fellow officers were trying to stop the taping.
    I don't disagree. But 10 years ago I'm not sure he's convicted.

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  • Handyman
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

    Two events forever cemented the fact that cops are allowed to outright murder people, on camera, and we just don't give a ****. Worse, they get medals in a lot of these cases and we hold them up as patriots.

    the first was the Boston marathon bomber who hid in a boat while the cops unloaded hundreds of rounds into it. Not one femtosecond were they in danger. They found him hiding and tried to execute him. He'll get what he deserves but those cops should have all been put on trial for attempted murder.

    the second was the cop killer in Texas. He was black so we all just forgot about the fact that the PD literally drove a robot up to him with an explosive and killed him in a parking garage. That still weighs heavily on me. It really formed my opinion of how and when the state should be able to take a life.

    Obviously there are several other examples, but most (not all) have some mitigating circumstances where ****ups were made earlier that resulted in death. But very rarely is it actual first degree murder or attempted murder on tape.

    Chauvin was the first time I think that I put a tally on the other side. Maybe, maybe we can fix it. Someday.

    Anyways, those two have always stuck with me for some reason. Really ****ty awful people who should have been locked away for a very, very, very long time.
    Chauvin only got nailed because he was caught on camera and the quality was good enough you could see look on his face and hear/see how not in danger he was and how bad Floyd was suffering. If a young lady isn't there to get that footage or if it was grainy or out of focus there are no protests and George Floyd is just another uppity Negro who threatened cops and should have never resisted. It was dumb luck...especially since his fellow officers were trying to stop the taping.

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