I only recall going to the emergency room once in my life. It was afterhours and I fell and cut my knee on a floor HVAC grate putting, parallel cuts on my knee cap. I was 12 or 13 at the time and had to have between 20 and 30 stitches. The cost to have my knee sewed up afterhours was around $150 as I recall. When adjusted for inflation that’s about $800. Go figure. If I had the same injury today the ER cost would be just short of $1 million assuming it was in-network. Of course, ER providers are never in-network thanks to private equity buying up emergency medical practices and investing in ER staffing firms.
- Study finds health benefits (less asthma) from EV cars. Of course, that overlooks the death and maiming of children in cobalt mines in the Congo.
- Should prisoners be able to donate their organs in return for lighter sentences?
- Cystic Fibrosis drug costs $311,00 a year. But it’s “stunningly effective.”
- How deadly were Covid Lockdowns? “For Americans under 45, there were more excess deaths without the virus in 2020-2021 than with it.”
- Why isn’t it easy for nurses to practice across state lines? As a college professor, I never had any difficulty moving from state to state.
During the early months of the Covid pandemic many doctors would not treat the virus. My wife’s doctor, for instance, had a sign that read she didn’t treat Covid and patients with Covid or Covid symptoms were barred from entry. I heard similar stories from a number of people. Many medical offices were closed and isolating at home seemed to be the most common therapy until patients became sick enough to visit an emergency room or qualified for a hospital bed. Later in the pandemic as more was known about the virus doctors began experimenting with treatments.
The [National Health Service’s] goal is that 92 percent of patients referred for treatment wait less than 18 weeks (about four and half months) to start treatment. Waiting 18 weeks for treatment sounds horrendous, but as of November 2022, over 40 percent of patients, or 2.9 million people, waited even longer. For over 450,000 patients, the wait exceeded a full year.