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Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 453

There is another solution you may not have heard of. You can become a member of a "Healthsharing ministry" (even if you aren't religious). I am a member of Liberty Healthshare myself. They will negotiate prices with providers on your behalf just like an insurance company. I've been a member for over a year now, and perhaps the best thing about it is that I've never had to read a letter from or talk on the phone with anyone from Blue Cross Blue Shield's "customer service".

I also know of providers who will provide competitive prices for self-pay patients. Just to give an example, I saved $100 on an ear exam and wax impaction removal by calling around.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 453

What you say is partially true. I agree that there need to be protections against greedy actors who would take advantage of the desperate.

However, when it comes to management of many conditions, I have found that cost and quality varies greatly from provider to provider and it can be extremely rewarding to shop around. For instance, I drive six hours each way to see a sleep specialist. Why? First of all, he doesn't treat me like a freak like some other doctors I've been to. Second, he obviously knows his stuff. Finally, his clinic will observe you in their sleep laboratory for two nights for less cost than one night at the local hospital here.

I've heard from patients with the same condition in the UK who say that they have their assigned specialist and if they aren't satisfied with the care they receive, they are totally out of luck.

Comment Re:Depends on price (Score 1) 335

well, they are expecting that you will have 2 - 4 people watching when you show it. In that light the price is consistent with the ticket price.

As to me, *if* I'm going to see the movie in the theater I will (with or without this) otherwise I'll wait for it to come out in Netflix's DVD catalog.

Comment Re: Good hardware, bad software. (Score 1) 111

The problem with newer BT peripheralw is that, for some reason, they are all now using bluetooth 4LE which is entirely another protocol which was not designed for HID devices. Why mice need to hack HID over BLE if the original standard worked better is a mystery to me.

My MS BT 4 mouse sucks. The apple magic mouse is OK, but the logitech non-BT mice are much better.

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