Am at work at the moment so I can't reply directlly to the blog, but I wanted to say how wonderful this latest blog entry was, and how I wish everyone in the health care industry could read it.
There are many factors to the rising costs in health care, like pharmaceutical companies, malpractice insurance/malpractice lawsuits, cost of specialized training and equipment, etc etc etc. But ultimately I agree that much could be gained if we all had the will to work together in lowering medical costs.
Even I, lowly CSR that I am, have helped people maximize their health benefits by choosing generic medications and advising them what questions to ask their doctors, who don't always know what medications will cost less among the same group of medications. Obviously I can't help prescribe but I can at least help them understand a little more about how benefits work. There are many opportunities for improvement even now.
I'll stop being longwinded in just a second. Thank you to Dr. Moser for writing this and thus increasing awareness about this problem, and thank you to WebMD for being here and hosting it.View Thread
Good point, and it's nice to hear that there is some sort of patient encounter rating system in place, flawed as it may be. Believe me, working where I do I certainly know about flawed rating systems.View Thread
Believe me, I'd love to consider a different line of work! I have been looking and at the moment this is the only thing I can do that I am trained for. As you know, the job market is terrible. I'd much rather write!
I'll consider the humidifier and the other suggestions. I'd love to see a doctor about this but am currently saving up for that. Based on my symptoms, I seem to have more of a problem with the dusty equipement I work around, especially when that dust is from skin cells. Which reminds me- I need to get more cleaning wipes!
A quick story for others on here: A woman I work with just turned 67. She has major breathing issues and is under the care of several doctors, who have told her that she has a year to live if she continues to work. Another friend of mine has COPD, also is being cared for by doctors, and he coughs badly after a day of doing this work. However, what are we to do if this is the only work available? As always, I continue to take what preventive measures I can to improve my environment while doing work that is, ultimately, harmful.View Thread
How about this: In the absence of trained "secret patients," how about a medical provider ratings website? It could be very helpful if a sufficient number used it, similar to other consumer reporting sites.
Folks who had a bad (or good) experience at their medical provider could post their experiences on the site, including details about the circumstances etc. Eventually as the database grows, each doctor could get an approval rating. That way if somebody's being vindictive and gives the doctor or pa or nurse or whoever the chance to have many good ratings to outweigh the bad one.
The success of this would depend on its popularity, of course. But it would be a way of letting people know more about their health care. Perhaps there could be articles about good clinical practices to look for. Actually, I'd love to see this on WebMd, but I don't know if that would be possible.
Alternatively, and perhaps most easily, each office could have comment cards that say "how are we doing?"View Thread
My threat gives me problems. They aren't full-blown illness symptoms but rather a minor annoyance but I am still curious because this is getting a bit old.
A little about me: 32 year old female, non-smoker, I drink alcohol only occasionally and at work only water. No coffee, no soda, just water and tea and sometimes juices when I'm at hime. I have some mild asthma which is mostly under control. However, I work in a call center and talk all day. I don't take any medications at the moment.
My question is regarding some mucus build up in my sinuses, but the main issue is a rough feeling at the back of my throat. I'm pretty sure this is caused by my voice intensive job. I sometimes need cough drops and I have tried nasal irrigation with some positive result. I try to stay hydrated, but no matter how much water I drink I keep that unpleasant kind of clogged feeling at the back of my throat.
Are there any tips/tricks that anyone can suggest, other than staying hydrated and going to the doctor if it gets bad?View Thread
Did you scratch it by eating something rough? Is there a sore, or a cut? You say it's swollen to the size of your pinky nail, so I don't think that's your tonsil since tonsils are a lot bigger than that normally. Are you talking about your uvula? Is there much pain? Did you just eat something unusual? I can't provide answers but perhaps the answers to these questions might shed some light on what to do. How much discomfort are you in? Is it getting better or worse? If you are really sick, try to find a doctor or a free clinic.View Thread
Earwax is good and protective and comes out naturally. I know this. I also know that in the case of a wax impaction it should be cleaned out by a professional. My question is about between doctor visits, at those times when you have a bit of wax that tickles and itches and won't come out naturally. No cotton swabs, so what is a safe way of gently cleaning the ear? In a normal ear, is hydrogen peroxide harmful? Is that softening oil sold for ears better?
Also, I've heard that whispering is worse for your vocal cords when you have laryngitis than just talking quietly. Is this true?