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Comment: Re:nonsense (Score 1) 304

by PopeRatzo (#49630937) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

What I hear from Canadian patients inspires no envy what so ever.

You should update what you hear. Canada's health care system is ranked 7 spots higher than that of the United States, even before the ACA was implemented.

Even Forbes magazine, no socialist propaganda sheet, ranks Canada's health care system higher. And Bloomberg ranks it twenty-three spots higher in terms of efficiency.

http://thepatientfactor.com/ca...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/da...

http://www.bloomberg.com/visua...

Comment: Re:All medical bills are mysterious. (Score 1) 306

by chihowa (#49630531) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

I typically get explanation-of-benefits that runs like, "X-Ray radiology 800$, Paid by insurance company 100$, discount to insurance 685$, you owe them 15$". Any one without an insurance will be billed 800$. No body would pay such an insane bill.

I think most places will give a discount if you're uninsured, too.

I wonder if this "discount" issue isn't really about tax breaks. In Hollywood accounting style, the hospital can claim that they are taking a loss on every procedure. The discounts could be written off as charity or losses of some kind.

Comment: Re:I guess being a type A I see this differently (Score 1) 306

by chihowa (#49630471) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

Stuff like that will never get to court unless you're contesting something huge, like a $50000 bill. In my experience, just calling and contesting the bill is enough to get them to start significantly cutting down the balance. There's no use fighting individual patients over a couple thousand dollars when >90% of the patients (or their insurance) will pay without complaint.

Also, so much of the various provider bills are double charged and flat-out manufactured that it's simpler to just drop charges than have to concoct a plausible explanation for them.

Comment: Re:summary as i understand it: (Score 1) 383

by Catbeller (#49629429) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

No, fraud would be publishing results that are not valid and claiming that they are. Right now, they are experimenting, and will continue to do so until they have something to publish. You are free to speculate on experimentation you have no access to, but your judgement is ill-advised and unwarranted. No one is claiming anything. All the noise is from non-scientists trying to be scientists and getting it wrong.

Comment: Re:summary as i understand it: (Score 1) 383

by Catbeller (#49629391) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

1. No.
2. Maybe.

And the author of the article is confusing two different experiments, the EMDrive tests and the Cannae drive investigation, so just discount the entire idiot debate. It all comes from wrong premises. Like the cold fusion debacle, it's mostly about high school lunch table character assassinaton and little about science. The cold fusion mess of the 80s was about a secretive experiment and scientists trying to cash in, not the science. Cold fusion by chemical bond compression is a possiblity, just not realized in experimentation, and it is a damned shame no one can go near it now because of the nattering childishness of human tribal shaming.

Comment: Re:Article asks an important question (Score 1) 383

by Catbeller (#49629241) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

The did mount it and move it in any direction to see if it worked. It did. Per the results. Also eliminated magnetic interference, microwave heating of the chamber to produce ions from the lining, thermal effects, and anything else they could think of. Ain't their first rodeo. There may be something no one thought of, and they are aware of that. They are well aware also that messing this up would ruin them. We are reacting to unpublished experimental results, aren't we?

Comment: Re:Bad title (Score 1) 383

by Catbeller (#49629187) Attached to: No, NASA Did Not Accidentally Invent Warp Drive

People are listening to other people lose their shit, and then losing their shit, leading to even more shit losing. Sort of like the cold fusion meltdown, or the idiocy surrounding the "failure" of Biosphere 2. No one listens to the actual experimenters - they just jump into the echo chamber. Like high school, really, if you consider high school as a true representation of how humans interact when the brakes are off. Scarey that scientists act like kids jumping the nerd in the locker room.

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