Share good ideas and conversation.   Login, Join Us, or Take a Tour!
comment by kleinbl00
kleinbl00  ·  364 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 18, 2018

    As some of you know, I live in Canada. The only bill I saw was $45 for the ambulance. That's the only bill I will see for surgical, medical, and 28 days in the hospital. The level of care my mother received is available to all Canadians. She does not have any personal health insurance plan. Her plan is The plan.

My wife delivered a baby for a client last week. She's on Medicare. She is poor. She is also a rape victim and she has been homeless.

There are about six different insurance companies that administer Medicare in our state. Five of those plans pay us exceptional dollars for delivering a baby. One of them pays us zero dollars. She was on the zero dollar plan. She was able to switch to one of the other five... effective July 1. She delivered the baby June 29.

We made zero dollars.

Our state requires us to administer vitamin K shots to all women unless they refuse it in writing. Medicaid reimburses us $3 less than it costs us to purchase vitamin K shots.

As most of you surmised, I live in America.




lil  ·  364 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I am troubled by the American health care system. As good as health care is, Ontario now has Doug Ford for premier (brother of the now dead, crack-smoking former Mayor of Toronto). He is cancelling renewable energy projects and taking both our sources of energy and high school sex ed curriculum back to the last century. Oh, Canada. Oh, World.

oyster  ·  363 days ago  ·  link  ·  

This whole thing makes it easy for me to see why people struggle to have empathy for Trump voters. When hydro rates don’t go down and other bad shit happens I’m going to feel empathy for people who I know didn’t vote for him. The idiots who thought ford would solve their problems though, when their rates go up I don’t think I’ll be able to refrain from rubbing their faces in it. Mostly because they are the reason my actual friends will struggle. It’s like seeing all the trump voters losing their jobs over the tariffs, I can’t feel bad for them when they did something that hurt people I care about.

WanderingEng  ·  364 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I couldn't believe Ontario elected anyone with "Ford" for a last name, but maybe that's because my awareness of Ontario politics comes from liberal Toronto musicians.

lil  ·  363 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Toronto and Hamilton musicians and others are generally more progressive than the burbs and the boonies.

There were more not-Doug-Ford voters than others, but the two more progressive parties could not unite and defeat him.

lil  ·  363 days ago  ·  link  ·  
This comment has been deleted.