All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. — Calvin Coolidge
"Under Barack Obama, the only 'change' is that 'hope' is hard to find" - Marco Rubio
I've had some pretty bad infections that lingered for months. A doctor and an urgent care place told me that if their one weeks treatment of antibiotics didn't work, I'd have to go to a hospital and get an IV. Refusing to believe that, I checked the internet, since I was sure that someone outside the US would never do that. What i found was that often the one weeks antibiotics aren't enough and/or the dose is too low. All I had to do was to go on eBay and buy a months worth of antibiotics and take them until the infection went away, which it did. No expensive hospital bill required!
An irony of this is that one of my cats is really sick right now so he is getting my leftover antibiotics.
Please do not do this. I have had to treat four patients who went into renal failure due to "over the counter" abx purchases like this - and 2 of them are permanently on dialysis now. I also saw a patient who went into fulminate liver failure because of an anitfungal she took thinking it was an abx. If you can't trust the people giving you abx what makes you think you can trust the drugs you put into your body. 5 days of cipro usually won't cause renal failure. 30 days can take 20 years of your life and permanently cripple you should you have tendon ruptures. If you really want to know what abx to take and for how long, shell out $50 and go see an infectious disease specialist in office - simple 10 minute visit and most of they time they will keep you out of the hospital (since their job is to keep abx from being "wasted").
Drugs are not toys.
"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.” - Senator Barack Obama
Good Article. Health care costs are out of control.. It's very hard to see how Obamacare will work.
The current system is broken and expensive. There are too many people without coverage. It is a very good example of the free market run amok. Changing the status quo and introducing more oversight (via Obamacare) is a very good start actually.
I have had to treat four patients who went into renal failure due to "over the counter" abx purchases like this - and 2 of them are permanently on dialysis now.
as I actually read through the article.. I looked at some of the info. (which happens to exclude a decent amount also).
First, let's take a closer look at some of the charges I racked up during my hospital stay. At four grand a night, that's $24,000 right there.
The surgery on my hand: $12,282. Anesthesia: $780. MRI: $3,290. Assorted drugs: $3,412. Laboratory services: $4,534. Inserting a tube in my arm so I could have an intravenous drip at home: $2,352.
All in all, the various services and supplies I received were priced at $52,660.53. The assorted doctor visits and physical-therapy appointments that have accompanied this mess added a few thousand more to the equation.
often for room rates it depends on the hospital and the room they have.. for example I just pulled a PDF of room rates in my state.. They vary from $800 to $8000 per night.
also the way this sounds like an ER visit. Does it not make sense that an ER visit would cost more than a scheduled visit? Imagine every patient hospital visit being an ER visit. You would never be able to account for number of personnel, number of rooms, what to keep on hand etc.. It were pure scheduled visits it would obviously be less expensive, because you wouldn't need to plan for possible excess.
Then I see talk about an MRI.. but MRI's in general cost near $500k to purchase and then you need staff to run, view the results, evaluate. Last I checked specialist doctors make a pretty enormous some of money.. don't you get several doctor's undivided attention for x amount of time?
Although I do believe prices are somewhat inflated it's alot like students loans in the United States. I know a ton of people who have interest rates at 6.5%+ (because of the year of origination). Can they refinance.. no? The simple explanation for the rate on these federal loans.. is someone has to make up for the people that never pay them back.. Those that pay pick up the slack for those that don't.
If you go to the ER never pay them back .. what do they do? Who picks up the tab? Um.. the people with coverage of course. As inhumane as it sounds.. what do you think the cost would be if they didn't treat people w/o medical coverage? 1/2 as much? subsequently how much do you think your insurance would be, if suddenly ER visits only costed half as much? Would employers be more prone to hire people if providing healthcare was so much less expensive than it currently is?
Keep in mind I DID NOT say this was the answer.. just some things to ponder when you think about the effects of treating everyone. Not sure how many stories I've seen about hospitals providing millions of dollars care to a mere one illegal immigrant and they cannot discontinue service. In one scenario they got a court order to send one man back to his home country to one of their hospitals. Their family then sued the hospital??? (no clue what ever came about, I know it was in Florida).
Man with insurance fails to seek care for wound which leads to serious infection requiring expensive treatment. I don't see how health care reform can fix this.
The man was stupid sure, but the expensive treatment shouldn't be nearly as expensive. The $16 for 1 pill of generic Tylenol should be a good spot to start looking. There are thousands of dollars of unreasonable spending that the insurance company and our government should not be paying. Please also remember this, if the insurance company and our government are paying, who is really paying? You are.
Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.
Did I say Cipro? I only took more of what I was previously prescribed by a doctor.
Argh, don't make me come over there and slap you. You want to encourage others to engage in the same moronic activity. It's stupid behavior like this that leads to MDR (multi-drug resistant) organisms.
OK, lets say you took Levaquin which is probably the #2 prescribed abx currently - same complications as Cipro which would be renal insufficiency or tendon necrosis.
OK, lets say you took Zithromax (AKA Vitamin Z) - one month of Zithromax which is #1 Abx. So now you've contributed to MDR in probably 2 to 3 bacterial species that used to be sucesptible to 50S inhibition.
OK, lets say you took Keflex - again like above you've just made a regular Staph infection (MSSA - methicillin SENSITIVE Staph Aureus) mutate in MRSA (S-->R for RESISTANT). Yeah, and you wonder why we need IV abx like Vanco and admission to the hospital
The physician have you a one week course for a reason. There are studies showing how long different drugs should be dosed to have effective kill rates and clearance. If you putz around with dosing yourself you're just making it harder for everybody else.
I don't go around changing my transmission fluid every 3k miles becuase I think I know more than mechanic. I don't light up a cigarrete at the gas station thinking I know more than some safety profiler.
Please do not take abx willy nilly. If you can't follow the recommended scheduling please refrain from using them. For the sake of every other human that will NEED them.
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