- by Broadway0474, Blogger
- 10/16/2012 10:45:44 PM
Noreen, it's not in the financial interests of hospitals to limit who goes into their er. On the other hand, it is in the interest of employers and insurers. And that is why they increase the copayment for er visits.
- 10/16/2012 12:23:53 PM
@Noreen I'm sure you're entitled, though Bloomberg may have other ideas about it -- the way we're going with NYC restrictions on soda and sugary drinks. Personally, I'm not really a soda drinker, but I do think it gets absurd to regulate these things. I also happen to live just over the border from Queens where people can simply cross over the line to the 7Eleven here to get their Big Gulps when they can't buy them in NYC any more.
- 10/16/2012 11:37:34 AM
@Noreen that would be a good idea, but I suppose it would take some planning to change the structure they've been working with for so long.
LOL at the sausages. I'm not a health nut, really, but I don't really go in much for fast food. Ultimately, home cooked is the most economical and, usually, healthiest option.
- 10/16/2012 11:30:41 AM
I wonder why more hospitals don't have separate urgent care facilities -- If someone shows up at the ER for a non-emergency issue, then they could direct the patient to the lower cost option. However, I guess that would take a bite out of revenues.
- 10/16/2012 9:27:00 AM
@broadway people may not take too well to the sticks. But they do appreciate incentives for good health, like partial reimbursement for gym membership and the like. They also need guides to nutrition that will have them steer clear of the $1.50 bargain frankfurter and 20 oz. soda deal at Costco in favor of more healthful fare.
- by Broadway0474, Blogger
- 10/15/2012 10:55:01 PM
@kicheko, one sure way to get anybody to do anything health related are carrots and sticks -- for instance, making gym membership discounts contingent upon certain attendance or reducing premiums only for those who take health assessments.
- by Nnanci, Blogger
- 10/15/2012 5:15:19 PM
Noreen, - Overall wellness is a culture that is sometimes hectic for people i would say. Because you would find people with fully paid up insurance that goes a full year unused if they didn't fall sick that year. Not even a checkup visit. I guess this is one wellness culture the insurer can come in to encourage that the client visit the hospital even just for check-up. After all medical insurance isn't usually refundable.
- by BethSchultz, Blogger
- 10/15/2012 3:23:54 PM
@Noreen, as Daryl discussed this with me I remembered my longtime childcare provider. She was an older Mexican woman who lived with her young daughter, her daughter's husband, and their child. Whenever anybody in the family was sick, and especially the little girl, they headed to the ER. It didn't matter whether that was a Saturday afternoon or deep in the night. I never understood that, especially as I know this woman visited the doctor herself regularly so it wasn't like she never received medical attention. (This same woman had twins without medical insurance but never shirked responsibility for those bills. It took her years and years, but she paid all the hospital bills -- so she certainly understood the high cost of hospital treatment!) Maybe it's cultural? She grew up in Mexico, coming to the states in her 30s or 40s even.