Well Darkstar2, believe it or not, it's not always about life style change. Many people have high
blood pressure and are basically healthy otherwise. In regards to changing a life style, doctors
cannot force people to do anything.
They cannot force, but they can inform - patients rely on their doctors, not all patients have the knowledge, doctors should first and foremost serve the best interest of the patient by offering optimal care, once doctors provide the guidelines and advice, then it is up to the patients. You would be surprised Valerie, on how lifestyle can affect health - of course there are conditions which are genetic, though genetic does not mean 100% it means increased risk. There are people who eat little and get fat, there are people who eat healthy and have diabetes, there are people who eat like pigs and drink like alcoholics, and they are healthy, there are even people weighing 800 pounds with normal BP, blood glucose and no cholesterol as shocking as it is. I am talking about the people that do not have existing conditions, a lot of it is lifestyle - if someone has high BP no matter what, then they DO need medication, but it's good to investigate first if the source of the disease is lifestyle or acquired. Doctors often prescribe drugs that fix one problem but create other problems, Statins for example. You would be very surprised on how far you can bring your blood pressure down with a change in food eating habits, it's worth a try first to see if it works, if it doesn't then it's drugs, but prescribing drugs should be the last course of action. Take diabetes type 2 for example, most people develop it due to lifestyle - obesity, insulin resistance, years of neglect, and diabetes can often be detected very early with regular checkups. Doctors often look at the blood glucose level as an indicator, when instead they should be looking at the hemoglobin A1c, which represents the 3 month average of your blood sugar management and is a better indicator - not saying every case is lifestyle, but a lot of them could be prevented and reversed - PREhypertension and PREdiabetes can be reversed. For depression, sleep problems, etc, there are often alternatives to try first, yet doctors are quick to prescribe Ativan and all that shit that messes with your brain and memory, of course, where would drug companies be if doctors are not pushing prescription like the drug dealers that some / most are
No doubt there are bad doctors. I like my doctor so that is good. I've never known of a hospital
stating they needed to have such and such number of surgeries, etc. They don't do that here.
Of course not, because your health care system is not funded by government. Our health care is publicly funded, there is a budget allotted to health - doctors have many restrictions - they are not allowed to practice both public and private, they have a quota on patients, of course for emergencies things are different, but the system is very tight otherwise. If you ever head over to the hospital for a non life threatening emergency, you will be triaged and the average wait time will be usually in the 8 to 12 hours, and on really busy / above saturation, you could be lying on a gurney, like an abandoned ANIMAL or sitting in the waiting room for 24-48 hours!!! It's not uncommon for doctors to be fed up and go work in the private sector - nurses are FED UP working 18 hours shifts because the corrupt government who has tons of money for illegal immigrants and immigrants in general, cannot increase the budget and hire more nurses - it's total CHAOS here, so your best hope to get fast care is through a valid emergency through 911 and getting rushed by ambulance Do you know what is the waiting time to register for a family doctor here ? 3 years, yes you read correctly Valerie, 3 damn years (36 months) - A lot of the good doctors and specialists are over quota and cannot take new patients, so people have to go to those walk in clinics and see whatever rent-a-doctor is available on duty
We also have some fine hospitals too with specialists in specific fields, we have some world renown hospitals too, unfortunately the system is plagued with over capacity and doing with little staff. Not uncommon to hear about malpractice either, those nurses who barely sleep and do 16-18 hours shifts are bound to make mistakes and push the wrong doses or get their anger out of patients. Imagine the chaos now with hospitals having to do with COVID19, it might come to a point where hospitals will have to make a choice on who they save and who they just tell to F off and die at home because there is no more room or staff to attend.
My husbands doctor, hospital bills, was almost one million dollars. His insurance covered most of
That's a lot of money, assuming that any insurance pays 80%, it still would be a lot of money to pay, imagine those without insurance, often hospitals inflate the bill because they know eventually they will scale down and reach a settlement, it's a market place alright, and not uncommon for hospitals to significantly reduce the bill, but $1 million, wow. Imagine people who already have their student loans to pay off, house mortgages, debt, imagine adding 6 figure debts......
Medicare kicks in when a person turns 65. That is if you have paid into medicare. I guess those
that have not paid into medicare over the years get some sort of aid. Maybe they get medicare too.
I dunno. Not to confuse medicare with various insurance companies. A person on medicare can
also carry supplemental insurance with any insurance company they want.
Maybe they get referred to those free clinics or they get some help or referred to specific hospitals, maybe not with the optimal care they would get in other hospitals, maybe not with the same advanced equipment and specialists. Specialists costs a lot of money - there is a hell of a difference between a walk in clinic doctor and a specialist.
It depends on the person that does not work and what State they are in. Some States, maybe all,
have medicaid. Medicaid will pay according to that States plan. Also, depends on the location of
hospital regulations, etc. I do see more and more signs now in doctor offices, dental offices, etc
'must pay for services first or present insurance card'....something like that.
So I guess medicaid would be dependent on your personal income / household income and stuff like that right ? What's this thing about Obama care, is it like offering a similar system to Canada, a public health care funded by taxes ?
As far as dental offices requiring advance payment, how can that be, how can they know in advance what you will pay ? The rate is variable depending on the work required and done, some people require more through cleaning, dentists will charge more, some people might require xray, that's more, it's hard to know in advance, and as far as I know dentists don't charge a flat fee, they charge based on the work done, there is a minimum fee + the extras.
Who knows in Canada how long the public health care system will last, there is more and more move to private medicine now as doctors and nurses are fed up. If you need an MRI for your knee, you can get it done within 1 week at a private clinic if you can of course foot the bill, $780 + TAX
OR you can wait 2.5 years for your turn, that's how bad it is. It's not uncommon to hear stories about Canadians traveling to Cuba or other countries to get specific surgeries they would have to wait otherwise and DIE here waiting. YET our PM has all the money in the world to greet unlimited immigrants, but when it comes time to help the poor in this country there is no money - Canada's deficit is running year after year, the Liberals have run this country into so much debt and deficit, is it normal for hospitals to be at 240%-300% most of the time, something is wrong - is it normal for nurses to do 16+ hours shifts when there should be more working instead of 1 doing all the shifts ? Is it normal for patients to DIE waiting for their important procedures or tests ? Of course in a public system if you go to the hospital you will be usually 4 or more in a room, and smell other people's "CRAP", unless you have insurance if you want a private room. Don't even get me started on senior homes, and how the elderly get treated here, basically like garbage, I'm certainly not looking forward to reaching that age, I rather DIE at home than be subject to the verbal and physical abuse and having someone wipe my arse. Any person sending their loved one in those homes are basically sending them to the slaughter house.
Oh, the Medicare $145.00 a month, automatically comes out of my retirement check. It's simply
automatic for everyone that is retired unless they refuse it.
Wow $145 for this, $300 for meds, you must have a much higher fixed retirement amount than in Canada. For Canada we have a FIXED amount for Old Age Security from the federal government is $613 per month! then you get the provincial one which is variable based on how much you contributed in your working years - the more you worked and contributed, the more you get, those who did not work or contribute because of low income get nothing, they might be eligible for GIS (Guaranteed Income) but at most you would be getting $17k (gross, before deductions), that's SEVERE poverty in Canada, when you consider that rent in a shit hole can run you $1k a month or more. Not everybody has the luxury of having a company pension on top of the government pension which is usually a big joke. You can't survive here a retirement without savings (401k equivalent) and for a semi decent retirement you would need 35 x your highest salary in savings x 2, to account for inflation and taxes you pay on these earnings when comes time to withdraw. So for instance you earned $50k a year, the formulat would be ($50k x 35) x 2 = $3.5 million, this will add a safety margin for market fluctuations, recession and inflation. How many Canadians or Americans do you think have even close to that saved in their 401k ? Some people are happy they have $100k-$200k, ahahaha that won't cut it unless you want to live miserably, in a cardboard box, with the same clothes, never travel, and eating SPAM sandwiches or do your groceries at the dollarama for food.
I quit smoking years ago.
Good, hopefully it stays this way.
Don't get me wrong, air fryers do get hot and so does the basket but not so much like a hot pan
on the stove. The basket also cools off very quickly....probably because it is plastic.
Well I guess heat is evenly distributed, if the basket where metal it would like burn the bottom I dunno must ask the air fryer experts out there, I just cannot imagine cooking something at 400F on plastic I would be uncomfortable - when plastic is heated it leaks potentially dangerous chemicals.
Some plastics are toxic. That's why cooking utensils of plastic are bp free or some such as that.
Free of toxins.
BPA. Well so they say, is it worth the risk ?
MAYBE that's why the temperature limits on air fryers are lower than those of actual ovens......
I wonder about hamburgers in an air fryer, has anybody tried that, would it also work with a frozen burger ?
Costco sells the boxes of Angus Beef burgers quarter pound, seasoned, (my mouth is watering) road house something, they are delicious, they are meant usually for the BBQ in the summer. I wonder how well does an air fryer handle frozen meat ...... So no plastic after taste ???
You can in fact place cookware in the basket. I do. You can also place foil in the basket. I do
that too. When I bake fish in the air fryer, I put the fish on a metal pie pan.
True and you can even use parchment paper for baking bread, cookies, etc, only thing if you do so, you are blocking the holes below, so using foil or sheets are for specific uses I guess baking, of course you won't use those for french fries
Good ting I had my midnight snack, apples cinnamon and nuts or I'd be really hungry