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post #496 of 739
So one of the things Obamacare was supposed to do was reduce unnecessary visits to the ER. According to NPR, a study was done on Oregon's system which was apparently one of the few large-scale random studies that has been done on healthcare that found there will be more visits to ERs, even with Medicare expansion. Basically, more problems for Barry.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/01/02/259128081/medicaid-expansion-boosted-emergency-room-visits-in-oregon
post #497 of 739
That isn't at all shocking. One of the greatest lessons I took away from moonlighting in the ER is that overwhelmingly the poor/uninsured have no idea what is and is not a medical emergency or even a medical problem. It would be one thing if they were coming to the ER for non-emergent problems that were still legitimate medical issues because they couldn't afford to see an internist or family medicine physician, but that simply isn't the case. It should come as no surprise that now that they know they won't be harassed to make a payment that they will use this resource even less responsibly.
post #498 of 739
Poor people are dumb. If you give dumb people free shit they're going to do dumb things with it. This is not a surprise.
post #499 of 739
Made a trip to the ER not too long ago, and it was exactly what you'd expect -- full of people with belly aches and junkies malingering to get drugs. What I wasn't expecting was all the ipads and iphones. Every other person in there was playing on one.

They initially billed me $3500 for 5 stitches, and I bet it would have been more if I'd let them x-ray the laceration before anyone even looked at it.

Next time I'm going to do it myself with a sewing needle and fishing line.
post #500 of 739
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Originally Posted by Ataturk View Post

Made a trip to the ER not too long ago, and it was exactly what you'd expect -- full of people with belly aches and junkies malingering to get drugs. What I wasn't expecting was all the ipads and iphones. Every other person in there was playing on one.

They initially billed me $3500 for 5 stitches, and I bet it would have been more if I'd let them x-ray the laceration before anyone even looked at it.

Next time I'm going to do it myself with a sewing needle and fishing line.

You can do it that way but even a rudimentary pharmacy will sell a simple first AID kit with proper medical grade needle and thread. Probs less than a sawbuck.
post #501 of 739
I'm continually surprised that an idiot like me has been far more correct on what would happen with Obamacare than the smartest, bestest POTUS and his crack team of advisers. I mean it's not like they had a whole fucking country, extremely similar to their own, right in their backyard, and with decades of experience with "free" access to EDs, to study and make some reasonable assumptions from.
post #502 of 739
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I'm continually surprised that an idiot like me has been far more correct on what would happen with Obamacare than the smartest, bestest POTUS and his crack team of advisers. I mean it's not like they had a whole fucking country, extremely similar to their own, right in their backyard, and with decades of experience with "free" access to EDs, to study and make some reasonable assumptions from.

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post #503 of 739
There's no way that is real.
post #504 of 739
I think that was posted once before, but I am pretty sure racism isn't inherited in the sense that they mean it.

Also, I am waiting for turk's survivalist show. Almost all solutions to problems in the home owner's thread is "do it yourself it is easy" now "medical care is easy; just do it yourself."
post #505 of 739
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Originally Posted by brokencycle View Post

I think that was posted once before, but I am pretty sure racism isn't inherited in the sense that they mean it.

Also, I am waiting for turk's survivalist show. Almost all solutions to problems in the home owner's thread is "do it yourself it is easy" now "medical care is easy; just do it yourself."

 

Doesn't he also make his own shirts from bedsheets, or am I mixing him up with someone else?

post #506 of 739
Yeah, but the sheets were themselves made from shirts. Or shirting, at least.
post #507 of 739
We need an Iroh At Home Surgery thread.
post #508 of 739

I've taken out my own stitches a couple of times, and I think I could stitch myself up if I had to. If it were my wife who was hurt, though, I'd probably pass out.

post #509 of 739
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I've taken out my own stitches a couple of times, and I think I could stitch myself up if I had to. If it were my wife who was hurt, though, I'd probably pass out.

I have not stitched myself but I have put in some skin staples once. Pulled out my own stitches since before I could drive though. Canadian healthcare FTW!
post #510 of 739
The nurse practitioner that did mine wanted to take them out. Since she was billing about $3000/hr I can see why...
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