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Old 03-15-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Read this one a couple of hours ago: Former addicts (drug and alcohol) that reformed and lost their jobs now feel a need to go to therapy weekly or fall off the wagon.
I think the mental health issues, including substance abuse, are gonna need to be addressed for a lot of people who don't have the budget to even do "sliding scale" fees.

The economic woes here are probably the same as are going on all over the country. However, the high % of unemployed workers making salaries over $75,000 may be more concentrated here. After all, Charlotte's median income in many of the areas where these people have lived is much higher than the national average, and indeed, at the upper edge for Charlotte, as well ($72-78,000). That means a lot of people who are out of work - or will be out of work - are probably concentrated in certain areas around Meck. I can't prove that, but it is a theory that I think is probable.
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:21 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I think that many medical matters will be ignored by people, unless a crisis arises.

Retailers are scrambling for business. Home Depot & Lowes are lowering prices on a wide variety of items. I've been told at Lowes & Home Depot, in Gastonia, that their business has been hurt severely & the companies are lowering prices in an attempt to keep up enough business to prevent layoffs.
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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I think that many medical matters will be ignored by people, unless a crisis arises.
Yep. Reminds me of vets returning from a war. Medicine know a lot about the physical but little about the mental. How many thousands! of people are home tonite thinking how they will get through next week?
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Old 03-15-2009, 06:45 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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Yep. Reminds me of vets returning from a war. Medicine know a lot about the physical but little about the mental. How many thousands! of people are home tonite thinking how they will get through next week?
More than would ever admit it, sad to say.
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Old 03-16-2009, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'm one of them. I don't know how long I can keep things afloat until it all starts to crash down around me. I know that there are real health risks associated with this amount of constant stress, and that at the same time I've had to completely eliminate incurring any out-of-pocket healthcare costs (i.e. mental health, regular Dr. visits, dental, and vision care) for the foreseeable future.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:25 AM
 
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I'm one of them. I don't know how long I can keep things afloat until it all starts to crash down around me. I know that there are real health risks associated with this amount of constant stress, and that at the same time I've had to completely eliminate incurring any out-of-pocket healthcare costs (i.e. mental health, regular Dr. visits, dental, and vision care) for the foreseeable future.
Your situation w/ out of pocket h/c costs is what so many are dealing with. Even tho I have h/c insurance, it has a $5000 deductible, so for us - it is catastrophic h/c insurance. Everything we do is out of pocket til we hit $5000. What we are essentially doing is trying to indemnify against a big hospital bill. It is discouraging . . . but we are going to try to get thru/ this year and hopefully, get a more flexible h/c insurance plan next year w/ a lower deductible.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:47 AM
 
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Ani--try to get older faster! One of these days you'll have the cheapest and best health insurance possible. All provided by our gov. Well, in your case at 30 years of age you still have another 32 years. Sorry, the money will be gone by then. You see, there's a downside to being young.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:55 AM
 
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Ani--try to get older faster! One of these days you'll have the cheapest and best health insurance possible. All provided by our gov. Well, in your case at 30 years of age you still have another 32 years. Sorry, the money will be gone by then. You see, there's a downside to being young.
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HA HA HA! Love you, John . . . You are gonna have to add some decades onto that number to get it accurate, LOL!!! Hubby is not that far away . . . but who knows what the plan will look like by then . . . At least my parents are in the system. God bless him, my dad just retired last year at 78. I suspect my career longevity will mirror his!

I am very concerned about healthcare in this country . . . and especially concerned about mental h/c issues w/ this economy and how it is affecting lives right now.

Bernanke gave an interview to 60 Minutes this weekend. Did you see it? I hope he is right and things will look better this time next year.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Noth Caccalacca
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Ani--try to get older faster! One of these days you'll have the cheapest and best health insurance possible. All provided by our gov. Well, in your case at 30 years of age you still have another 32 years. Sorry, the money will be gone by then. You see, there's a downside to being young.
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je
johne482 - ani and I are both related to Benjamin Button! We're trying to age "backwards" as fast as possible so we'll be eligible for the S-CHIP program kindly provided by all the smokers. If you see us at a C-D meet up, we'll be identifiable as those "two teenagers" yakking in the corner!
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:31 AM
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It just means that I get a lot of great buys when I go shopping at Belk's.
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