Hospital world

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I had an early appointment with a neurosurgeon yesterday, so I got up early to make sure I had plenty of time. The hospital is maybe 30 minutes away under regular conditions, but it took me an hour and a half to get there. There was so many cars in front of the entrance, they had maybe a dozen people directing traffic.

These big new facilities are really overwhelming; I felt like I was on a TV set. (Or in a busy train station.) It was too much stimulation for an Aspie like me. And you know how many consulting rooms were in the neuroscience department? At least 80. Jesus, no wonder health care is so expensive.

But the doctor was warm and friendly, and listened intently. It was a very pleasant experience.

When I was checking out, I said to the clerk I’d seen more doctors in the past few months than I had in the past five years, thanks to Medicare. She started laughing: “My grandmother said the same thing when I drove her to an appointment last week.”

You’d think it would be cheaper to take care of people before they’re old and falling apart, huh?

3 thoughts on “Hospital world

  1. Warren says that her plan for Medicare For All will cost $5.2 trillion a year.
    Bernie says that his plan will cost $3.3 trillion a year.

    We currently spend $$3.5 trillion a year on health care and it will cost us another $1 trillion a year to cover every American.
    That’s a total of $4.5 trillion.

    Warren’s $5.2 trillion seems to be on the high side even when you factor in the cost of expanding care for everyone.

    What Bernie is basing his $3.3 trillion figure on is unclear. Possibly overall savings?

    Neurosurgeon huh?

  2. I get my healthcare at Highland Hospital, and once I learned how to navigate the system, I got and continue to get excellent care. It can seem inconvenient when you have to wait sometimes, but if you plan for it, the excellence of the care makes it seem worth it.
    Five appointments for each eye for my cataract surgeries, but now I can see, and that was the whole point.
    Learning it was tricky, as I don’t walk that well, and was blind from the cataracts, but they took care of me, and I never had any problem with the 20% that Medicare doesn’t cover, as the very first appointment got me the Medicaid I needed thanks to the ACA, without which I might still be blind.
    But maybe not, as Highland is a county hospital and is known for being the “resource of the last resort” for the poor community in Alameda County.
    I guess what surprised me was that they were good. Somehow I just figured that if they were what poor folks got, they probably sucked, but it’s exactly backwards from that.
    I wish you the best of luck with the doctors and facilities you get.

  3. I know what you mean. When I was unemployed and uninsured, I went to the federal community health center. I was really happy with the care I got.

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