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PeterSibley
08-13-2008, 06:10 AM
I've just been reading Milo's tale of medical woe ...or nearly so .

It made me wonder how many of us have regular medicals and how often ?

I have one every year .It seems to be a good idea .

Mrleft8
08-13-2008, 06:24 AM
Great idea......IF you can afford it.

ishmael
08-13-2008, 06:44 AM
I need to go for a poke and prod. Haven't been for a number of years. Thanks for reminding me!;)

It's a good idea, but most important is learning your own body. Different philosophies? The thing is, when I last had insurance the doc didn't really know what was what. Just a bunch of questions, most on a form filled out in the waiting room. This guy, eight years of higher education, when asked about the one thing that was a real question, a bump on my foot that has been itchy for years, said, "A callus." Well, it's not a callus or I wouldn't have asked him. Still there. Hasn't grown. All well and good, but I would like to have had an informed opinion.

Docs these days are kinda like lawyers. When you need one, you need one, but don't bet the farm. Not to defame either profession. There are genuine physicians out their, but they seem rare these days.

Harry Miller
08-13-2008, 07:03 AM
Go to one and get an enema.

Then you'll weigh about 10 lb.

hansp77
08-13-2008, 07:07 AM
two visits to the doctors this week, all up over an hour consultation-
cost to me- $0.00 ('bulk billing'- and a pretty decent doctor too)

generally I only go when I need something- I think about two years ago I went in to get my first ever (adult at least) general 'check-up'.
Last year I paid about $60 out of pocket (after medicare rebate) to have two dodgy moles cut out (including biopsies on both).

Even though I have had a lot of grief within it- particularly one very long wait in the cue for my first disaster knee operation through it (my next two knee ops were under private care- the second of them my second disaster knee operation:eek:) I am really very thankful for our public health system- especially the more and more I read of personal experience within the US system (reading the faceplant (http://www.advrider.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=17) forum on advrider has been pretty horrifying at times- not for the injuries but rather for the cost of treatment and the devastating life implications of hurting yourself without full insurance over there).

If only we could sort out a decent Medicare funded dental system here.
I am hopeful.

Phillip Allen
08-13-2008, 08:03 AM
just finished one...goin in for an endo next...gad! (I've learned to hate apple juice)

capt jake
08-13-2008, 08:09 AM
A very basic physical cost me around $800-900. My employer now pays for a very in depth annual physical. Great stuff, except the doctor (being hired by the employer) is known to share certain information with said employer. It is just a matter of time before punitive action is taken against one of us. A very sharp double edged sword.

ishmael
08-13-2008, 08:12 AM
"especially the more and more I read of personal experience within the US system"

We need to do something up here in Yankee land. I don't know what, but a single payer program with the government in it might work better than what we have. It's going to be an ongoing issue. Our population is getting older so more and more are going to need care.

The last time I had private insurance I had to cancel it when it hit five hundred a month. Sorry, but I can't afford that. And, AND:) when I made my one and only claim against it they fought me over it! Cheeky bastards! It wasn't like I was claiming a fortune, maybe two and a half month's premiums. And all the paperwork was lined up, a legit claim. I wouldn't make any other. BTW, they lost the fight, and it didn't come down to dueling lawyers. But who needs that kind of aggravation?

The Bigfella
08-13-2008, 08:49 AM
Yeah - it seems to work here - we've got about a five year life expectancy lead over you guys these days. Only the Japanese are higher.

clancy
08-13-2008, 08:57 AM
Right now I see a specialist weekly but normal for me is a monthly visit to my MD. The MD is in network so the copay is $20.00 per visit. The specialist is out of network so the copay is $90.00 per visit.

Phillip Allen
08-13-2008, 08:59 AM
for this discussion to have more meaning:

I will turn 60 this fall

Concordia...41
08-13-2008, 10:27 AM
Well, to add another twist to the discussion, instead of preventive maintenance, think of it as an investment.

You can draw your own correlation, but think about your health care like you would a tool in the workshop.

Think about how much research you put into a tool purchase. Heck folks will post here and solicit 20 opinions before buying a freaking drill or digital camera, :rolleyes: but you'll choose a physician based on who your neighbor or the guy in the next pew in church recommends ... :( DUH!

If you were going to spend +/- 2k on a dust collection system for your shop, you'd spend hours laying it out, researching, checking prices, but again, you'll go to a specialist based on a single recommendation. DUH!

And even if you have health insurance, it's costing someone... it's your responsibility to make good choices and question the bill - just like you would if it was your money.

Back to the investment... Lefty spent the better part of a day and 2 or more trips to the tool store tuning up my bandsaw. He's now spending tremendously more time and effort setting up the new monster of a band saw that he got a while back, but I bet we're all guilty of getting impatient at a 30 minute wait to speak to a doctor... :( DUH. We're also guilty of spending a hour to fix some broken thing in the garage, but won't take 10 minutes to go for a walk.

Your health is the best investment you can make. Look around and give a good analysis to where your time / effort / $$$s are spent in comparison with direct time / effort / $$$s spent working on being healthy. End of DUHS! ;)

Edited to add that the part about being impatient / not wanting to spend 30 minutes in a doctor's office is in no means directed to Norman. He's got the tail end of the crap truck right now and has every right to be disappointed / impatient / whatever at having to wait another week to see the orthopedist.

paladin
08-13-2008, 10:31 AM
They see me every thirty days.....blood tests every thirty days, meds readjusted every thirty days...all staggered of course, and then the ops, post ops, secondary tests.....I'm at the hospital about every 10 days.....

BrianW
08-13-2008, 10:58 AM
I get a full exam every other year . It's a DOT requirement as my employer requires me to maintain a commercial drivers license. Every year it's a quick exam with a hearing test and a 'FIT' test (blow into a machine and they measure your breathing capacity) for maintaining my 40hr Hazwoper card.

All paid for by the employer of course.

George Roberts
08-13-2008, 11:24 AM
" It made me wonder how many of us have regular medicals and how often?"

I tend to seek medical help when I have a specific problem.

To go looking for problems seems foolish.