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24 mins ago, Kml said:

How stupid could her and the sister be if the mom paid 500k in bribes to get them into USC. That is a 100k more than the tuition for both.

 

 

What I really like is that she was enjoying Spring Break on some USC trustee's yacht in the Bahamas when this story broke.  Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (not hampered by Stupid).

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2 mins ago, Slacker said:

Growing up in the 70-80s was great. 

 

There were no prep courses for SATs.  No "admissions coaches".  Your "prep course" was to take the PSAT... at most some parents bought their kid a book of practice questions from some chain bookstore. You didn't make "campus visits".

 

You picked a few schools because you knew their names.  They sent you applications.  You sent them back.  Some accepted you, some didn't.  You picked the cheapest one, and done.

I was explaining this to a attractive woman today..... The cost of education is too much, I believe a lot has to do with healthcare but more so their is so much fluff in the educational system now. Curriculum advisors and they reading books your granny read, an learning the same science and history as well. The only thing new.....is this bull****t new math, that isn't taught unilaterally. Teachers aides this, specialist that. All bull****t. 1 teacher 1 class, but they should make sure the class sizes are reasonable.

Healthcare is one of the main reasons the costs of goods and services are so expensive in this country. total fringe rate for most state employee's is well over 49.05%% right now. 7.65% SS + 15.60% pension + 24.4% Healthcare + 1.4% other. Doctors fly around the world and save people lives wthat have no insurance pay no copay etc... yet brother slacker paid something to have somebody shove a tube up his ass here. it's silly.

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My old man thought my niece had a shot at Princeton.  Sure for the South Jersey public school system she is smart... has never had anything but an A on her report card... but South Jersey public ed is the smallest of the small pond... pothole, more accurately. SATs are pending.

 

I told him a year or so ago that he was nuts. I gotta think this thing was an eye opener.  Not only are you competing against brilliant kids, with parents that can cover the full tuition, but you are competing against not so brilliant kids with very deep pocketed parents.  

 

My cousin's kid at Harvard composed an opera during his freshman year and was in a feature on 60 Minutes.  That is the competition level up in the rarefied educational stratosphere.  

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31 mins ago, Sheisty said:

Name is even spelled correct. "I" before "e" except before "c" is one of the most phony rules in American english. 

Ahem.

 

Again. 

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2 mins ago, Sheisty said:

I was explaining this to a attractive woman today..... The cost of education is too much, I believe a lot has to do with healthcare but more so their is so much fluff in the educational system now. Curriculum advisors and they reading books your granny read, an learning the same science and history as well. The only thing new.....is this bull****t new math, that isn't taught unilaterally. Teachers aides this, specialist that. All bull****t. 1 teacher 1 class, but they should make sure the class sizes are reasonable.

Healthcare is one of the main reasons the costs of goods and services are so expensive in this country. total fringe rate for most state employee's is well over 49.05%% right now. 7.65% SS + 15.60% pension + 24.4% Healthcare + 1.4% other. Doctors fly around the world and save people lives wthat have no insurance pay no copay etc... yet brother slacker paid something to have somebody shove a tube up his ass here. it's silly.

I bet that tube shoving ran more than $10 grand.  There were no fewer than 5 people working that procedure room, scads of equipment, plus an initial doctor consult, two phone calls, three different admitting nurses, anesthesiologist consult (granted it was 30 seconds)... all in a system where they charge you $100 for a Tylenol.

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I am wondering about how it gets paid the next time it needs to get done... as a deductible item or as preventive screening.  The doctor said do it in 5 years; I think the standard frequency if they find nothing is 10 years.  

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1 min ago, Slacker said:

I bet that tube shoving ran more than $10 grand.  There were no fewer than 5 people working that procedure room, scads of equipment, plus an initial doctor consult, two phone calls, three different admitting nurses, anesthesiologist consult (granted it was 30 seconds)... all in a system where they charge you $100 for a Tylenol.

Exactly, insurance here is an overall hustle. Heathcare is a scam. I was around to see NYC trying to force an old lady into a nursing home because the hospital receives some sort of commission for the referral. They tried to make it seem like the family who was obviously around wasn't taking care of her. We complain about the service we get at times in our respective area, nothing is worse than what goes on in these huge American cites.

Recently somebody went to the ER 6 times in less than 2 weeks before they realized she needed emergency surgery. Physician at one visit gave her a potent cocktail for "pain". Valium this, oxy that, anti this, high blood pressure that, and some other stuff. Next visit docs said the doc should have never told you to take so many drugs smh. Finally they say she will be admitted and they have a bed for her,. Hour later they give the bed away so she waits on a hard bed in ER for 24 hours or so in pain, only to say hey we are discharging you, she raises hell, doc comes back and says oh my mistake you are going to have surgery, hours later finally admitted and started prepping her for emergency surgery.

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30 mins ago, Slacker said:

I am wondering about how it gets paid the next time it needs to get done... as a deductible item or as preventive screening.  The doctor said do it in 5 years; I think the standard frequency if they find nothing is 10 years.  

Its five years if they find something and remove it, 10 years if they find nothing. Been down that road a couple of times, never had a problem with my insurance. 

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29 mins ago, Sheisty said:

Exactly, insurance here is an overall hustle. Heathcare is a scam. I was around to see NYC trying to force an old lady into a nursing home because the hospital receives some sort of commission for the referral. They tried to make it seem like the family who was obviously around wasn't taking care of her. We complain about the service we get at times in our respective area, nothing is worse than what goes on in these huge American cites.

Recently somebody went to the ER 6 times in less than 2 weeks before they realized she needed emergency surgery. Physician at one visit gave her a potent cocktail for "pain". Valium this, oxy that, anti this, high blood pressure that, and some other stuff. Next visit docs said the doc should have never told you to take so many drugs smh. Finally they say she will be admitted and they have a bed for her,. Hour later they give the bed away so she waits on a hard bed in ER for 24 hours or so in pain, only to say hey we are discharging you, she raises hell, doc comes back and says oh my mistake you are going to have surgery, hours later finally admitted and started prepping her for emergency surgery.

It's a crazy and expensive system for those that can afford it, it's just plain crazy for those that can't afford it.

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6 hours ago, Slacker said:

The anesthesiologist said that he had never seen a higher blood oxygen concentration or some such... "it is like you are super-human" was his comment.  So I have that going for me... plus receiving total enlightenment on my death bed. 

Means that you take in loads of oxygen, via flappage of the gums.

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1 hour ago, Slacker said:

I am wondering about how it gets paid the next time it needs to get done... as a deductible item or as preventive screening.  The doctor said do it in 5 years; I think the standard frequency if they find nothing is 10 years.  

5 or 10 is standard depending on what they see on the first one and age.

If you had no polyps or very few cute little pink ones it would be 10 years for a guy your age.

Your polyp may have qualified you for the 5 year plan. That or the doctor thinks your cute.

 

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2 hours ago, Kml said:

How stupid could her and the sister be if the mom paid 500k in bribes to get them into USC. That is a 100k more than the tuition for both.

 

 

True, all she has to do is sport her rack !!!

Srsly so effing dumb, donate a library.

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1 hour ago, Slacker said:

I bet that tube shoving ran more than $10 grand.  There were no fewer than 5 people working that procedure room, scads of equipment, plus an initial doctor consult, two phone calls, three different admitting nurses, anesthesiologist consult (granted it was 30 seconds)... all in a system where they charge you $100 for a Tylenol.

I can guarantee it is way over 10 grand around here.

I had an endoscopy done in the office, no special room, no anesthesia.  Just a lidocaine sniff of inhalants and in we go to have a look. That is over 7k I think. I can look on the claims site for the insurance company to see what the colo was last year.

 

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1 hour ago, Slacker said:

I bet that tube shoving ran more than $10 grand.  There were no fewer than 5 people working that procedure room, scads of equipment, plus an initial doctor consult, two phone calls, three different admitting nurses, anesthesiologist consult (granted it was 30 seconds)... all in a system where they charge you $100 for a Tylenol.

The Doctors (GI)  own, the surgicenter, under a different corporate name, shows no relation to GI, so you can imagine the $$$ they make 

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