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Old 10-16-2012, 11:57 AM   #3461
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No, I don't pay for any medicare. I refuse to pay $100 (almost) a month when I'm not even under a doctor's care!
Wow! I didn't realize that the premiums were that high. I have never paid the premium. It has always been paid for me.

Even when I left a job, I was covered by BC/BS Master coverage. Even full dental. The owner's sister who did the bookkeeping really liked me and hated to see me go. Unbeknownst to me, she continued to pay the premium in full for a number of years until I turned 65. Her brother never knew and still doesn't. I thought it was a bookkeeping error on the part of BC/BS. So I kept my mouth shut figuring they would find out someday.

One of the things that got me really angry was I had a bunch of appointments at Mass.Gen. Hosp. The day I turned 65, my phone kept ringing all day. It was all my appointments being canceled. Even some tests that had been scheduled. Medicare doesn't pay like private insurance.

At one time MGH was rated as the best hospital in the world. When their rating slipped down to #5 in Mass., they almost lost their certification. Now it is rated #1 in the country. I didn't recognize it at all when I went to visit my daughter. There were a couple of new buildings and is now the #1 place for cancer patients. They come from all over the world. The building for cancer patients has all single rooms with facilities for the spouse or parent to sleep and take showers. It is like having a hotel suite.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:17 PM   #3462
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No, I don't pay for any medicare. I refuse to pay $100 (almost) a month when I'm not even under a doctor's care!
If I weren't such a chicken, I would not be paying that $99+ monthly Medicare premium. But I'm operating on the possibility that something dire is bound to happen to me sooner or later, and I'd better be insured. So I am even paying for a Medicare Supplement plan. Not cheap, and I feel as though it's probably a belt-and-suspenders situation. I also have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part D prescription coverage. My only hope (for spending all this money that I sure could use somewhere else in my budget) is that I'll get really, really sick and think how glad I'll be then to be covered. Until I do get sick, I'm feeling like a real patsy.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #3463
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If I weren't such a chicken, I would not be paying that $99+ monthly Medicare premium. But I'm operating on the possibility that something dire is bound to happen to me sooner or later, and I'd better be insured. So I am even paying for a Medicare Supplement plan. Not cheap, and I feel as though it's probably a belt-and-suspenders situation. I also have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part D prescription coverage. My only hope (for spending all this money that I sure could use somewhere else in my budget) is that I'll get really, really sick and think how glad I'll be then to be covered. Until I do get sick, I'm feeling like a real patsy.
A little known fact. If any medical facility accepts even one cent from the federal government, they cannot refuse to treat any patient that walks through their door. That includes grants for research and even Medicare payments for the insured.
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Old 10-16-2012, 03:48 PM   #3464
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Feeling really sorry for myself, having a proper pitty party lol!
I've had a stomach virus since Sunday morning, can't even keep water down.
I feel like I've run a marathon!
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Old 10-16-2012, 06:45 PM   #3465
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I just got back from an ophthalmologist appointment. Why didn't they tell me I was going to get those pupil dilating drops? It's in the 'burbs. They know that almost all of their patients drive to the appointment.

I went to a nearby bar and had an espresso while waiting for the drops to wear off. Just when I thought it would be safe to drive, the sun came out, which makes it worse. So, I went across the street and had a coffee and a doughnut at Tim Horton's, while I read my book. Then I went for a walk and finally decided that it was safe to drive the less than 3 km to the pharmacy to get my eye drops for glaucoma and then home. I'm still seeing a bit of halo around bright light.

I will have to remember to ask before any other visits to the ophthalmologist. I have some tests and a follow up visit in 2 months.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:15 PM   #3466
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If I weren't such a chicken, I would not be paying that $99+ monthly Medicare premium. But I'm operating on the possibility that something dire is bound to happen to me sooner or later, and I'd better be insured. So I am even paying for a Medicare Supplement plan. Not cheap, and I feel as though it's probably a belt-and-suspenders situation. I also have to pay a monthly premium for Medicare Part D prescription coverage. My only hope (for spending all this money that I sure could use somewhere else in my budget) is that I'll get really, really sick and think how glad I'll be then to be covered. Until I do get sick, I'm feeling like a real patsy.
I am making sure Shrek is covered and his premiums are paid. Last June would have ruined us if he hadn't had his Medicare. Also, I would have had to take time off and lose pay to care for him at home, as it was, he could go to rehab and take some time to get better.
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:20 PM   #3467
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We just had a very mild three second earthquake. We have a fault on the coast out in the Atlantic. Actually it is two plates colliding. I doubt it will even make the news tonight.
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Feeling really sorry for myself, having a proper pitty party lol!
I've had a stomach virus since Sunday morning, can't even keep water down.
I feel like I've run a marathon!
I'm sorry, Snip! No fun! Are you sure it's not your new medicine, the Metformin?
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We just had a very mild three second earthquake. We have a fault on the coast out in the Atlantic. Actually it is two plates colliding. I doubt it will even make the news tonight.
It was magnitude 4.6, centred in New Hampshire.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:29 PM   #3470
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Feeling really sorry for myself, having a proper pitty party lol!
I've had a stomach virus since Sunday morning, can't even keep water down.
I feel like I've run a marathon!
Water is the worst thing you could put in your tummy if you are not feeling well. It just makes you vomit more. Also check to make sure it is not the Metformin that is making you sick. Call your doctor's office. I was on Metform for quite a while. Then every morning when I took my meds, I was doing fine until I swallowed the Metformin.
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