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Old 03-17-2018, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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I had prostate cancer four years ago, my prostate was removed, now the cancer has returned, last week we met with a radiation oncologist. We had a long conversation with him and we feel that he is very competent at his job. He explained to us the economics of why the costs are so high in his hospital. He is in a border city, they get a lot of medical tourism coming here from Canada. He is not allowed to turn any patient away, every patient seeking treatment must be treated. People come from across the border where they lack medical specialists, so they come here for treatment because we have the specialists. They also lack American insurance that can be billed. For every medical tourist they treat, the expense is carried over to patients with health insurance. As a US servicemember I have pretty good medical coverage, so I am not worried. But it was interesting to hear from him, why his clinic costs so much.

Healthcare can be very expensive. As you go into retirement you will need to find a method to pay for your medical care.

My pension is small. There are many fellow retirees who bring in a lot more money than I do. My budget works for me, largely because I have really good healthcare provided for me [so long as I stay far away from all military bases].

As a human being and a fellow sewer pipe sailor, I wish you nothing but the best. No need for a Dosimeter Badge. Let them hit it hard.
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:19 PM
 
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Can't answer you couple question but I know singles living just fine on 2k per month in the SF Bay Area...

They may live in a million dollar home but living expenses are quite low... social activities revolve around the church and they drive, garden, etc...

Taxes and Insurance are the biggest expenses...

Buying a home, holding on and paying it off and locking in predictable taxes goes a long way to reigning in housing costs in California.
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:23 PM
 
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You may have them. I'm fed to the teeth with only being able to see as far as the next tree across the yard. I want to see rolling hills for miles and miles out to the horizon. Let's trade!
Absolutely loved my trees in Washington... that is until we had a bad windstorm after weeks of rain and several came down... gave me an entirely new prospective on trees... especially any close enough to do damage!
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