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A full-body PET scan; An Adventure in Cost Accounting

Posted in Adhocracy, Business & Economy, Evidence-Based Medicine, Non-Invasive Diagnosis, Sustainable Health, Uncategorized on December 8, 2010 by Leane Roffey Line

12/8/2010. Very few reasons will get me up early in the morning, but having a full body PET scan scheduled at 8 am is one of them. The scan, complete with radioactive injection, went super smoothly, and I’m looking forward to the interpreted results this Friday at my onc’s appointment. About the greatest Christmas present I could have is beating this cancer down, and I’m hoping the results will play true. I’ll update the blog as soon as I find out. The tech and I had an interesting discussion about fees involved, turns out that in spite of them being the truck of choice (traveling to other cities to do these), the fees can vary from place to place since every hospital has its own contract, meaning, when we put the numbers together, there is as much as a $1500 difference between a local small town not too far from here, and doing the scan here. Again, it comes down to a matter of what you can charge, why you charge it and what you’ve been getting away with for years. I’m so hoping that sooner or later medical costs will be uniformly brought in line all over the country. Now, it’s a state thing, and apparently too, a company thing. Every time the machine turns on to manufacture the flouride injectable for this test, apparently whether one container or ten containers of injectible is produced, it’s a $500 charge payable (I assume) to the state. I dunno how much of this all is true but I’ll tell ya what, if I live long enough I’m going to put in my two cents wherever you put it to help people who need fiscal help with these tests.

Also got info from Medicare on the cost of the ARANESEP injection, the number I’m reading is $2400 for the initial company purchase of the drug, not a personal cost to me of “thousands of dollars”. I don’t know what these nurses are being told, but it’s flat wrong to discourage a patient from getting a shot that will help them just because no one is 100% sure the patient can pay for it if it’s not covered by Medicare. I don’t know if it’s just Oklahoma doctors or what, but you cannot apparently trust what you’re being told! I do my best to get my co-pays off immediately, and to spend my money wisely, but I have a creepy feeling these drug prices are coming out of the air for the most part, and it’s all about the money, and not so much about making people well!!!

People, too, remember you are entitled to a copy of your tests, scans, or whatever. Don’t forget to ask for it, because if you have to change doctors for any reason, companies are now charging up to seventy-five cents or higher PER PAGE for your records.

Joule Watt

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What’s Wrong With Economics?

Posted in Business & Economy, Rehumanization, Sustainability, Transparent Government with tags , , , on October 5, 2008 by Mark P. Line

What’s Wrong With Economics?

  • Just about everything. But we already knew that. Good post for the uninformed.

What’s At Stake With Bailing Out Bankers: Money as Debt

Posted in Business & Economy, Rehumanization, Sustainability, Transparent Government with tags , , , , on October 3, 2008 by Mark P. Line
  • Watch this video. It could be the most important 47 minutes of your life.

It’s the macroeconomy, stupid!

Posted in Adhocracy, Business & Economy, Internationalism, Transparent Government, Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 3, 2008 by Leane Roffey Line

It’s the macroeconomy, stupid.
Fri Oct 03, 2008 at 09:33:30 AM PDT

Tell me again how borrowing 10B/wk from China to fight the war in Iraq, with money on the ground in Iraq, was a good idea? With the world facing credit swaps in the high trillions, and no liquidity, banks and agencies globally are addressing the problems of It’s a Mad, Mad World.

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Okay, so who tripped the light switch?

Posted in Business & Economy with tags , , on September 27, 2008 by Leane Roffey Line

Just who was it that forced Lehman Brothers hand at just this point in time, Floyd Norris of the NYT, (no less) asks in Point 10 of his article, causing the immediate squawk for a “bailout plan” right before the debates:

This might not have been needed, at least not now, if the Fed and Treasury had stuck to their own game plan in Bear Stearns, to bail out creditors but not shareholders. We need to learn who pressed to force Lehman to fail completely. That decision led directly to the run on money market funds and to panicked trading conditions for credit default swaps at other brokerage firms.

This has all the “earmarks” of a trigger, a ploy to precipitate political expediency. EIther that or it’s synchronized swimming at it’s finest.

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Flash Mob Psychology

Posted in Adhocracy, Business & Economy, Transparent Government with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Flash Mob Psychology

  • Looks like there’s an awful lot of grassroots opposition to the whole bailout thing.
  • There also seems to be a growing number of economists who believe that the Wall Street bailout proposal (with or without liberal amendments) is unnecessary corporate welfare and that companies that can’t save themselves should be allowed to fail — from Paul Krugman on the left to Allan Meltzer on the right. See this article by Peter S. Goodman of The New York Times.
  • Some argue that we live in a plutocracy masquerading as a democracy. I worry that they might well be right.

The Great American Yard Sale

Posted in Business & Economy, Internationalism on August 15, 2008 by Mark P. Line

The Great American Yard Sale

  • So, maybe most of these acquisitions have been speculating on the future strengthening of the dollar. Then again, maybe not — and it sounds more like wishful thinking from an American point of view. Why would Italians, Swiss and Saudis expect their own currencies to weaken against the dollar?
  • Back when Americans and American companies still had the wherewithal to acquire foreign companies, were they doing so because they expected the foreign currency to strengthen and the dollar to weaken?
  • Foreign ownership of US companies is really cool because the new investment from overseas provides jobs in the US? Well, that’s true only as long as the foreign owners choose to leave the company where they found it. As they have more and more difficulty finding employees with triple-digit IQ’s in this country, they’re likely to move their operations elsewhere.
  • Then the US can go back to being a nice, laid-back agrarian economy and leave the rest of the world alone.