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Comment: Health Insurance (Score 1) 570

by Pete Venkman (#47562983) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'
I've had two doctors' offices try to turn my account over to collections. Both times it was because there was a problem with the insurance billing. I have health insurance but it doesn't help me any if there's a problem at the point of data entry. If a billing code is wrong, insurance won't pay. Both times I called the doctors' offices, spoke with the business managers, and told them I wouldn't pay until insurance did. Insurance won't pay to collections, so it magically got fixed. I'm sure I'm not the only person this happens to.

Comment: Re:I have a BS in Chemistry (Score 1) 148

by Pete Venkman (#47321215) Attached to: What's Your STEM Degree Worth?
My chemistry degree got me in as a process engineer in specialty chemicals manufacturing. My starting pay wasn't as high as an engineer's, but it was definitely more than what my friends with biology degrees were making. And after a few years of experience, I've caught up to the engineers in pay range.

Comment: Re:Carriers are businesses (Score 2) 105

by Pete Venkman (#41348005) Attached to: Wrong Number: Why Phone Companies Overcharge For Data
If a business only charges actual cost for a product, they cannot make a profit. I want some companies to earn a profit, especially if I'm a stakeholder. If we're lucky, we have jobs (and paychecks) that are a result of some company making a profit. No, I'm not talking about hookers-and-blow-for-everybody kind of profit, either.

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