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January 16th, 2014 by suzy in Bullshit,Car

Newsflash! I’m still blowing my nose about 500 times a day at a conservative estimate. Maybe you should just assume that I’m a snot monster until you hear otherwise.


Ironically, I went to the clinic yesterday for a check-up having nothing to do with my actual illness. It was just a routine check up. I had originally scheduled it for a couple of weeks ago at 8:00 am, when I would have been the first patient and I would have had a fighting chance of getting to work on time at 9:00. Of course, the clinic called to reschedule it for 11:30 today, making sure I’d have to take at least one unpaid hour off from work.

As usual, I waited for more than an hour and saw Dr. Sue for about 10 minutes. Poor Dr. Sue was totally overwhelmed with fellow flu sufferers. I don’t know how she works such long hours with sick people and is still so nice. She actually apologized for my waiting in a room full of germs. 🙂 In case you were wondering, I am perfect as always, other than the seemingly endless sniffles.

I ran into my brother in the waiting room. He was getting some paperwork done for continuing to be a fire fighter, and his next stop was the DMV for more fire fighting related bureaucracy, always fun after working a 48 hour shift.

I paid my usual $50 for the check up. I still haven’t availed myself of “affordable” healthcare. I need to research it more, but it appears that I will either have to pay $200 a month, which has a $4,000 deductible and requires $75 for a doctor visit, or $400 a month for a lower deductible and co pay. If I understand my insurance-ese correctly – and I should after the whole Miss Scarlett dĂ©bâcle – this means that I will be paying $200 a month for nothing, since it will not go toward the massive $4,000 deductible, which will have to be met before any benefits kick in. This doesn’t strike me as exactly affordable.

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5 Responses

Still with the cold are you, sorry to hear this but at least other than being a pain in the butt, you know it will eventually go away. You seem to be in excellent shape according to your doctor and that’s a good thing, good to hear. As for your healthcare insurance, sure looks like it’s really not affordable from this end, hope you look into it carefully.

Glad to hear all is well, aside from the cold. As a Canadian, I can’t tell you how horrifying it is to even think of the idea of worrying about medical costs. I know we pay for it in our taxes but I’d much rather do that and not have to think twice about booking an appointment for whatever reason. I see our wait times are similar though.

I almost wrote something in the original post about how much better the Canadian system is, at least in Ontario. I really appreciate how the GST applies to everyone – no weaseling out of it for the rich.

I thought that this medical insurance was to be mandatory…hope you will not be penalized for not having it yet.
It really does not sound as great as we are being told it is..


I think the penalty is less than the insurance – at least for the first year. Maybe it will work out better than I think it will.

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