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Debunking Canadian health care myths – The Denver Post
Myth: Canadians are paying out of pocket to come to the U.S. for medical care.Most patients who come from Canada to the U.S. for health care are those whose costs are covered by the Canadian governments. If a Canadian goes outside of the country to get services that are deemed medically necessary, not experimental, and are not available at home for whatever reason (e.g., shortage or absence of high tech medical equipment; a longer wait for service than is medically prudent; or lack of physician expertise), the provincial government where you live fully funds your care. Those patients who do come to the U.S. for care and pay out of pocket are those who perceive their care to be more urgent than it likely is.
Canada  healthcare  health_wait_times  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
18 hours ago by Marcellus
Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls - Wikipedia
As it lay outside the Aurelian Walls, the basilica was damaged in the 9th century during a Saracen raid. Consequently, Pope John VIII (872–82) fortified the basilica, the monastery, and the dwellings of the peasantry,[5] forming the town of Johannispolis (Italian: Giovannipoli) which existed until 1348, when an earthquake totally destroyed it.
Vacation  vacations  italy  ideas  2019  2020  Travel  ancient  Rome  grade_A  grade_AA 
9 days ago by Marcellus
Democrats Increasingly Vocal in Calling ‘Medicare for All’ a Political Liability - The New York Times
The Democratic establishment loathes #MedicareForAll. They've joined Republicans and the healthcare industry to smear it, and refuse to support it. None of the candidates in the 10 most competitive Senate races support it.
DNC  MedicareForAll  Democrats  grade_A  TheNewYorkTimes 
10 days ago by Marcellus
Koalas ‘Functionally Extinct’ After Australia Bushfires Destroy 80% Of Their Habitat
Recent bushfires, along with prolonged drought and deforestation has led to koalas becoming “functionally extinct” according to experts.

Functional extinction is when a population becomes so limited that they no longer play a significant role in their ecosystem and the population becomes no longer viable. While some individuals could produce, the limited number of koalas makes the long-term viability of the species unlikely and highly susceptible to disease.
extinction  global_warming  ecology  environment  ecosystems  fire  droughts  extreme_weather  grade_A  2019 
12 days ago by Marcellus
** Paying for Medicare-for-all: Sanders vs. Warren plans - Vox
But the plans candidates release are illustrative of how they think about things, and this particular case is interesting because it runs somewhat contrary to the stereotype.

Warren has much more of a reputation as the uber-wonk with plans for everything, while Sanders is seen more as a moralist and a populist who cares less about the technical merits of proposals than whether they illustrate underlying points.

In this particular case, however, that dynamic is reversed. It’s Warren whose plan optimizes for easily illustrating the point that almost everyone’s costs will go down, even at the cost of embracing a vision that’s not going to be technically sustainable for very long. She’s then vague about the timing of the transition off her plan, and is going to transition to something that’s probably a worse deal for many people than a more technocratic alternative would be.

Sanders, by contrast, is proposing a big new broad tax, even though big new broad taxes tend to be unpopular. This is how foreign single-payer systems are typically designed, and it’s almost certainly what a team of policy wonks would recommend if they were setting all political considerations aside.
Bernie_Sanders  elizabethwarren  MedicareForAll  health_insurance  funding  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  VOX 
12 days ago by Marcellus
** 'I live on the street now': how Americans fall into medical bankruptcy | US news | The Guardian
Having health insurance is often not enough to save Americans from massive debts when serious illness strikes

According to a study published in February 2019, about 530,000 bankruptcies filed annually are because of debt accrued due to a medical illness. The study found that even the Obama administration’s landmark Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) has failed to change the proportion of bankruptcies caused by medical debts, with poor health insurance cited as one of the main culprits.

“A lot of people, a little over 60%, are filing bankruptcy at least in part because of medical bills. Most of them are insured. It’s clear that despite health insurance, there are many, many people incurring costs not being covered by their insurance,” said Himmelstein.

“Medical debt is incredibly common, it’s the main cause of calls from collection agencies, and the vast majority of people with it have insurance,” said Himmelstein, lead author of the study Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act.

One out of every six Americans has an unpaid medical bill on their credit report, amounting to $81bn in debt nationwide, while about one in 12 Americans went without any medical insurance throughout 2018. Even as many Americans struggle to afford health insurance coverage in the first place, those that have it are not insulated from facing massive debt due to medical bills.


In Savannah, Georgia, a 35-year-old man who requested to remain anonymous to avoid being associated with a bankruptcy, recently found himself homeless and jobless due to prolonged hospital stays and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt.

A type 1 diabetic for years, he had to reduce his work hours for a cellular retail store when trouble regulating his blood sugar resulted in a toe amputation in April 2019.

“I had to cut my work hours so bills were harder to pay. But in July 2019 I was admitted to the hospital again and I was fired from my job because I was in the hospital. I lost my insurance. They amputated my leg, which means I still can’t work,” he said.

When he lost his job due to the prolonged hospital stay and leg amputation, his employer offered Cobra, a health insurance program for employees who lose their job or have a reduction in work hours, but he couldn’t afford it. He is currently working on trying to file bankruptcy to release the medical debt he’s accrued from amputations this year and he lost his house in October 2019 as a result.

“I have amassed over $400,000 in medical bills I need to pay, and still have at least six months before I get a disability hearing. So I owe over $400,000 in medical bills, have lost my house and I live on the street now, with no end in sight,” he said.
healthcare  health_insurance  health  bankruptcy  health_insurance_costs  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  TheGuardian 
18 days ago by Marcellus
Cancer Treatment's Worst Side Effects Can Be Financial : Shots - Health News : NPR
Stress-inducing bills accumulate

More than 42 percent of the 9.5 million people diagnosed with cancer from 2000 to 2012 drained their life's assets within two years, according to a study published last year in the American Journal of Medicine. Cancer patients are 2.65 times more likely to file for bankruptcy than those without cancer, and bankruptcy puts them at a higher risk for early death, according to research.

But those statistics don't convey the daily misery of a patient with a life-threatening disease trying to navigate the convoluted financial demands of the U.S. health care system while simultaneously facing a roller coaster of treatment and healing.

Stephanie Wheeler, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the number of bills coming from different providers can be overwhelming.
cancer  healthcare  health_insurance  bankruptcy  MedicareForAll  grade_A  grade_AA  NPR 
18 days ago by Marcellus
Seventy percent of Americans support 'Medicare for all' in new poll | TheHill
A vast majority — 70 percent — of Americans in a new poll supports "Medicare for all," also known as a single-payer health-care system.

The Reuters–Ipsos survey found 85 percent of Democrats said they support the policy along with 52 percent of Republicans.
polling  MedicareForAll  2018  grade_A  grade_AA 
18 days ago by Marcellus
***** 42% of cancer patients spent entire life savings in 2 years after diagnosis, study finds | Advisory Board Daily Briefing
American Journal of Medicine: 42.4% of patients had spent all of their money during the first two years of treatment. After four years, the researchers found 38.2% of patients had depleted their life's assets.
* cancer patients spend an average of 11% of their total household income on expenses related to their treatment (with some patients spending up to a third of their income).
* A recent study found that financial insolvency is a clear risk factor for mortality—cancer patients who declared bankruptcy had a 79% greater risk of death than those who had not.
* Other research has found that patients experiencing financial distress also report poorer physical health, mental health, and satisfaction with their relationships.
cancer  bankruptcy  MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  healthcare_price_gauging  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  study 
19 days ago by Marcellus
Reuters/Ipsos poll: 3% support Bloomberg for Democratic nomination - Reuters
Nov 12-19. Sanders tied with Biden at 19%
The result puts the billionaire media mogul well behind Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (19% each), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (13%) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana (6%). U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California also had 3% support in the poll.
Bernie_Sanders  polling  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
19 days ago by Marcellus
* Bernie Sanders has 1 million donors - CBS News
Sept 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders' campaign announced Thursday it has now received contributions from over 1 million individual donors.

"With 1 million contributors, this is the only Democratic campaign that has more supporters than Donald Trump," said campaign manager Faiz Shakir. "Our strength is in numbers, and that is why Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who is able to say his campaign will rely only on grassroots funding in both the primary and against Donald Trump." 
Sanders reached the milestone seven months after he announced his candidacy in February, faster than any candidate ever.
Bernie_Sanders  StrongestCandidate  fundraising  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
19 days ago by Marcellus
Biden donors discuss digital fundraising as they see a drop in cash
Oct. 29, 2019 Cash-strapped Biden campaign and top donors look to beef up fundraising, including through social media ads

“However, Biden pulled in only $15.7 million in the third quarter, and had $8.9 million in cash on hand — both totals well behind Sanders, Warren and Buttigieg.”


The recent fundraising chatter also comes as Biden appears to be opening the door to gaining the support of a super PAC after he said earlier in the campaign that he would not look to similar money-making committees for help. These types of fundraising outlets are allowed to raise and spend an unlimited amount of money in support of or in opposition to a particular candidate.
JoeBiden  election2020  grade_A  fundraising  PACs 
19 days ago by Marcellus
KING: The Democratic Party seems to have no earthly idea why it is so damn unpopular  - New York Daily News
Shaun King: Recently, I've asked the crowds where I am speaking two key questions about the Democratic Party. The response that I get is always the same – mass laughter or audible frustration.

The first question is, "If I asked you, in just a few sentences, to sum up what specific policies the Democratic Party stands for, what would you say?"

People have no genuine idea. They know some things the party stands against, but it's genuinely hard to be sure of what they stand for.

The other question is, "What exactly is the strategy of the Democratic Party to take back the government from conservatives across the country?"

That one always gets the most laughs. Nobody has any idea. Not once has somebody stood up and said, "Hey, I know the strategy." Hell, I don't know it. I don't think one exists. Whatever the strategy was this past election, it didn't work either. And again, I don't just mean in the presidential election. Democrats lost all over the place in national, state, and local elections.

Losing is hard. It sucks. I hate losing. But this much I know – if the Democratic Party does not come to grips with why it is so wildly unpopular, many more losses will be on the horizon.
Opinion  Shaun_King  Bernie_Sanders  Democrats  Democratic_Party  DNC  grade_A  election2016  election2020  StrongestCandidate 
19 days ago by Marcellus

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