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Poison snake venom vial – $12 in India, $20,000 U.S. – and there’s even cheap vaccine for dogs, not people

Matt McMillan was bit by a copperhead snake, while he was camping in July at Fall River Lake, Kansas, and was flown to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita. He recalls “that was $47,600 for that 30-minute ride. To me that’s a lot of money.” “The snake antivenom is the costly part. I guess that’s $20,000 to $30,000 a vial and I had four,” Matt explained. Dr. Li Jia, at Via […]

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You turn 65 and then you must go into a Medicare plan, and you pay a fortune more for far fewer benefits

What a difference a year makes. You are one of the millions of Americans, who don’t have company health insurance. Damned with a pre-existing condition, you carry so-called Obamacare (www.healthcare.gov). Next year, you turn 65 and must enroll in Medicare. There’s no good news, just bad news for you. Obamacare is a far better plan than Medicare and costs at least $1,800 less a year. Worst of all, there’s no […]

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Current privatized healthcare for America costs too much, plus our lifespan here is shorter than in 25 other nations

America’s dirty little secret – as a nation, we pay more for healthcare and the results are far from worth it. All of the top 50 major nations have far lower per capita healthcare costs. More than half enjoy much longer life expectancy. None of them, except Switzerland, are privatized, and their per capita medical costs are often a tiny fraction of what America pays. There are not just a […]

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Hospital room in America now costs about 20 times as much as in the country boasting longest life expectancy

Do you suffer from a really bad heart, cancer, or need dialysis, and still want to buy health insurance? If you can find a company in the U.S.A. that will cover you, the price will be many thousands of dollars a month with a cap on total payments, plus co-pays through the roof. If you don’t die rather quickly, our health system will devour your savings, house, car and force […]

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A half million Americans will sleep on the streets tonight, but nothing seems to wake up Congress to this tragedy

The smoking guns in mass killings may not be just the weapons, but also the danger posed by the untreated mentally ill, who are responsible for ten percent of homicides in the U.S.A., according to the Treatment Advocacy Center. And many of these mentally impaired are nearly dead, forgotten, sleeping in cardboard boxes, homeless because of a federal program launched in 1963 by JFK, that has become deadly, useless and […]

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My Humana monthly statement left me twitched, bothered and bewildered in the quest for answers

The two thick envelopes arrive monthly for the wife and me, each 12 pages of lists of what drugs we bought that month, how much we paid, plus the amount Humana insurance contributed. If you just file this document, and don’t check the numbers, it may cost you a load of money. I learned this when I reviewed my January 1 to 31 Humana recap for 2018, and found that […]

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Should drug company execs get life in prison for their predatory pricing that endangers our lives?

Illegal drug dealers, who are designated as major suppliers, will face the electric chair or gas chamber if President Donald Trump has his way. Our sometimes alert members of Congress voice agreement, now suddenly aware that criminals who sell opioids, like heroin and oxycodone, deserve more than slap-on-wrist fines or jail time. Don’t bet on the death penalty just yet for these creatures. With decades of litigation possible, it’s easier […]

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If all you want for Christmas is your two front teeth, it’s time to borrow $6,400 or pay 1/3 price in India

If our politicians ever make the effort to visit the “little people” – those neglected voters, who don’t live in gated communities and suck gin in the Capitol – our selected leaders will see smiles without front teeth. And that is just the beginning of their constituents’ dental problems. Some 140 million Americans have no dental insurance, and for most who do pay premiums, the coverage won’t cover the cost […]

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