And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America
Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.
Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.
Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.
But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?
Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.
Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crocks is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!
How can a CT scan cost more than $1000?!?!??!?!!?
On Writing: Girls Hiding As Boys
Let’s say you’ve got yourself a female character, but she needs to hide as a male character for plotty reasons. How does one go about hiding their gender? It’s so easy, I’m going to tell you how to do it in two simple steps!
- Conform to the host culture’s visual cues that indicate male gender.
- Tell everyone you’re male.
Ta-da! That’s it! You’re done! Let’s take a look at why.
Public service announcement
Please don’t give your characters acetaminophen/paracetamol/Tylenol to take while drinking alcohol, or for hangover. It is bad for their liver. Take some ibuprofen/Advil/Motrin instead.
I’ll have a Venti
My last anesthesia shift I had about 8 coffee breaks in the day, 3 of them were bought by the attending.
I mentioned to him that I noticed that the anesthesiologists tend to drink the most coffee of the docs I’ve seen.
He turns to me with a blank face (normally he is this big, jovial, and joking Irish doc) and in a quiet, yet somewhat serious tone says.
"It’s really important for you to stay awake while the patient is sleeping."
And it makes sense.
I hope this makes you laugh as much as it made me. (Oh and by the way there’s no sound…so you know).
What’s really bad, is that I think it actually helped!
Thanks to GG for showing this to me ;-)
I felt like editing some of my photos and then this happened. I thought once in a while I might just have some Isji vocab posts with some pretty pictures, why not.
So in case you would like to know the seasons. New year starts in the summer for the oenclar, which is why I put it first.
Easy alternative to umpteenth taco night: sautée onion, garlic, ginger, scallions; when tender add ground beef and teriyaki sauce, stir fry until cooked well. Serve with lettuce wraps, carrots, more scallions, and rice. To garnish, sauce made of a mix of crunchy peanut butter (microwave until soft) whisked in with soy sauce, sriracha, sesame oil, honey, and a little water to thin. Per Cal: “A five star meal!” (He ate six of them.) #cookingforkids