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Sat, 08-13-2011 - 4:11pm

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 12:06pm
Those numbers absolutely say something. It was used as a side note, not a point. In that respect had I been using the stat to make a point other stats need to be included because in isolation that can easily be misused and misinterpreted.

"How many Big Mac cost one normal standard doctors visit for you, out of your own pocket? "
You lost me on this. I didn't understand your analogy, and I don't understand the question. If you could rephrase it maybe that would help. I think you are asking about my out of pocket costs.

If this helps, what people pay out of pocket varies from the type of insurance. the US has many differing forms of health insurance.
I have what is called a PPO, a preferred provider option with my carrier. It has a little less flexibility that a standard private plan (which I know of few that have this anymore), but much more choice than an HMO where the model is built on keeping costs low through the use of a "gatekeeper" physician. Referrals must be obtained from the primary care Dr for any service outside of their office. On occasion, ER visits could be deemed unnecessary and therefore not covered, I have known people to contact their Dr. to determine if they can go to the ER or need to wait till office hours.
Back to my coverage. I pay nothing for well check ups, including routine testing (mammogram, paps, some blood work). I get one per year. I pay 10% of negotiated prices with the Dr, hospital or other facilities for care after a deductible. We chose a higher deductible plan with lower premiums. Out patient services like Occupational therapy, Physical Therapy, and Chiropractic is limited to 26 visits per year, if more are needed a plan of care needs to be submitted by the provider. Again, I pay 10% after deductible of negotiated prices. Mental Health services, we get 20 or so outpatient visits, same parameters as the outpatient therapies, inpatient is also covered just as major medical. We get 2 dental check ups per year (including xrays and sealants for kids) at no charge above our premiums, and anywhere from 50-90% coverage on treatments which includes minor oral surgery, fillings, crowns, implants..., orthodontics is a life time cap, right now it's $2500 which is a little more than 1/2 the cost of braces. For eye care we get 1 covered check up per year with a 20 dollar copay. For my family, a pair of glasses, a set of contacts and the appointment runs about $500-600 out of pocket, only glasses or contacts are covered so we end up paying more every other year if we purchase glasses in addition to contacts. It's lower, in the $200+ range when we only do exam and contacts for the year.
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Registered: 08-12-2011
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 1:11pm

Obesity does have a negative influence on life span, and it doesn't have to be morbid obesity. And relevant to this thread, the high obesity rates in the US is one of the factors that results in a lower trend in life expectancy.

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Registered: 08-12-2011
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 1:24pm

The

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 1:32pm

Never

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Registered: 12-16-2004
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 1:42pm

We are 9 million and not yet that inbreed, we have enough people who has no close relatives and also if you don't have a will

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 7:54pm
Thanks for the links.
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Registered: 11-27-2009
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 7:59pm
No, I've never heard of the Big Mac Index.
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Registered: 12-16-2004
Sat, 08-20-2011 - 4:03am

It is a good way of

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Registered: 11-27-2009
Sat, 08-20-2011 - 10:25am
That's ok, there are much better ways to compare expenses in countries that comparing them to the price of a Big Mac.

I also do not qualify for subsidized health insurance or subsidized health care, so of course I am going to pay more than someone that does qualify. Using your Big Mac standard is simply not a relative comparison
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Registered: 12-16-2004
Sat, 08-20-2011 - 12:07pm

No it isnt mine , it is

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