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Unread 02-07-2005, 03:42 PM
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I'm with you there I can't imagine big bills like that . I don't know how you Americans do it it must be really hard. I"m sooo glad that we don't have to come up with the money when we have a medical problem here in Canada.
To answer the question if it is nice here it is beautiful we only get snow in the winter. The Fall,Spring, and Summer are spectacular.
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Unread 02-07-2005, 04:00 PM
Only in America?

Wow, did I read $15,000? and more?
I am an American living in Greece,
had full hysterectomy, complications, 4 hours surgery,
corrective surgery of adhesions and scar tissue from old surgeries,
meds,biopsies for tumors and cysts, 2 surgeons, private room, 6 days, A -class hotel (oops, I mean hospital) with a view out my window of the Aegean Sea (helps to uplift one's spirit) and my bill was $1,700...80% will be reimbursed by my work insurance.

I am NOT an ex-patriot...but:
Only in America will I not have surgery, thank you.

Cathy in Greece
Unread 02-07-2005, 04:09 PM
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I have already checked with my insurance and my copay is $1,000 and that covers the dr., hospital and anthesiologist. doesn't cover medicine once released but that copay is only $20. By the time I cover the copay and if I am out of work for 4 weeks I will have had to dipp into my savings for $3,000! Hate to touch that but glad I have it!
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Unread 02-07-2005, 05:44 PM
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I was in the castle 6 days due to complications. My surgery was $12,900.00 and my out of pocket was $250.00 because I chose to have a private room.
Unread 02-07-2005, 07:38 PM
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I waited less than a month for surgery, and I was not an emergancy either. Waiting lists depend on what hospital you go to and how many dr's are available.
Some medical surgery's do have long waiting lists, mostly because we are short of dr's and hospital beds. And probably because we recieve free treatment we have lost more surgery's preformed. I bet that a lot of people in america go without medical and surgery's they probably require because they can't pay it. The point is however that we all deseve the best treatment and eventually we all recieve the surgrey we require.

Ps we pay 110.00 per month for 100 % covreage on all medical ,prescription and dental

It has only snowed here three times for our winter. I live an hour from beautiful vancouver
Unread 02-07-2005, 07:39 PM
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All the bills for my TAH totalled just over $25,000. My out of pocket is only $1300 though - thank goodness for insurance.
Unread 02-07-2005, 07:44 PM
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Waiting lists in Australian Public Hospitals can be bad for elective surgeries. As my hyster was an emergency I was in within 3 working days.

We pay approx 1% of our tax in a medicare levy , well mine is probably less than most as I get a rebate for being a single parent. If your incoming is over a certain amount you pay more unless you have private health cover.
Unread 02-07-2005, 08:08 PM
i love medicare

I can not believe the prices that the states charge to perform this procedures - i am a nurse in australia and in a public hospital now all you have to pay for is the tv ($3 per day) and your discharge medications (around $20.00) you may have to be in a 4 bedroom or depending on how ill you are once you come out of theatre and how nice the unit manager is you usually get a private room (if available) i work for a private hospital - i wouldnt have a procedure in a private hospital because private means that of a night time they dont have extenstive backup maybe 1 resident sitting in ICU if you had a procedure in a private hospital the gap would be between 300 - 500 dollars (although if you were sick during the day that backup is great) If you had your procedure as in a public hospital they have a few rmo (registred medical officers on night duty) having worked in both i feel safer in a public hospital - people complain about the care in the private system - the nurses are the people who take care of the paitent they assess etc and advise the doctor when they cant do anymore - nurses have a huge responsiblty - as do the surgeons i bet you wouldnt see too many coming in at 2 in the morning - and being paid 50,000 has blown my mind!!

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