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Mon May 23, 2022, 02:21 PM

Astronomers are going to have a field day with all the stars we'll be seeing soon

As in...

"We have the greatest healthcare system in the world*"
* - Just don't talk about the maternal mortality rate
* - Just don't talk about the black maternal mortality rate in particular
* - Just don't talk about the medical bills associated with childbirth
* - Just don't talk about the early childhood death rate

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Reply Astronomers are going to have a field day with all the stars we'll be seeing soon (Original post)
ck4829 May 23 OP
Emile May 23 #1
Igel May 23 #5
Diamond_Dog May 23 #2
Brother Buzz May 23 #4
Chin music May 23 #3
asa4ever May 23 #6
0rganism May 23 #7

Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon May 23, 2022, 02:23 PM

1. Don't forget prescription drug prices.

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Response to Emile (Reply #1)

Mon May 23, 2022, 07:23 PM

5. My thyroid is gone.

I require l-thyroxine to function normally.

My monthly bill is $21.

One month I went for a refill and it was $478. No change in insurance. What accounted for the 21x higher price?

My usual lump of pill in the morning is a single dose. The body keeps a stockpile of the hormone, and produces what it needs from that stockpile. If I miss a dose, meh. Excess is dumped out the kidneys, and it's likely my dose is more than adequate.

But the expensive refill was time-release, yada-yada. All updated. High tech when high tech is marginally useful rarely.

At the same time, the pharmacist was surprised when I said, "No. Double check." They called, and the MD's assistant screwed up. Forgot to check "generic okay". $21.

The surprise was that the spendy stuff was in stock, because many assume that the latest and greatest is required, when, really, it isn't.

Remember the Epipen (tm) scandal? There were other makers of exactly the same dose of the same pharmacologically active substance, but using a different delivery method. Epipen was favored, and raised its price. The other manufacturers did not. If you wanted an Epipen (tm), you paid through the nose. If you wanted an epipen (analog), it was still dirt cheap. The thing is, the Epipen (tm) was really, really, ***really*** easy to use, while the others took more than 3 seconds' training. Perhaps as much as 30 seconds'.

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon May 23, 2022, 02:29 PM

2. Hey, according to LA Senator Bill Cassidy

Itís all good as long as you donít include AA folk!

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/05/bill-cassidy-maternal-mortality-rates

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Response to Diamond_Dog (Reply #2)

Mon May 23, 2022, 02:33 PM

4. In all fairness, the asshole was only talking about AA women

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Mon May 23, 2022, 07:55 PM

6. I never would have lived this long, 78 years, if it wasn't for the VA healthcare system.

 

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Response to ck4829 (Original post)

Mon May 23, 2022, 07:58 PM

7. And here I was thinking this post was about the new space telescope

Now that the mirrors are aligned and all

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