FLU: Ruth & Hugh Overton

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  1. John Hubby

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    Great to hear that all are well on the road to recovery. Tim, thanks for your following up on all that has happened.
     
  2. Omexa

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    Hi Tim, I don't know these people but I have been following their progress through their illness. My wish is that they get better soon. Regards Ray
     
  3. Tim Orr

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    Good afternoon!

    This just in from Jim Price of Sunflower Clockwatchers:

    James C. Price (reservistsrcool@yahoo.com)To:you + 73 more Details
    Sunflower Clock Watchers,

    I just got off the phone with Ruth. She is HOME!!!! She was just released from the hospital yesterday, 2/13/18, at 2:30 pm, after being in a hospital for 37 days. She said that all the hospital rooms are same. She is confined to the second floor where the bedroom, bathroom and office are located. She told me that went to the hospital in Carthage at first and was then transferred to a bigger hospital in Joplin to save her life. After she was feeling better, she was transferred back to the hospital in Carthage.

    Ruth is tired of laying around and wants to get involved again. She told me that she is planning on going to the Lone Star Regional in Mesquite, Mar 1 - 3. However, she said that she would need to use a wheel chair to get around.

    I am sure that you are please to hear that Ruth is finally HOME. She told me that she really appreciated all the thoughts and prayers and cards from her NAWCC family. They worked.

    Thank you for all your support, thoughts, prayers and cards. Good job.

    Please continue to keep Ruth and Hugh in your thoughts and prayers as she continues to go through the slow process of recovery and healing.

    Jim Price


    Best regards!

    Tim Orr
     
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    Tim, thanks for the update! Very happy to hear that Ruth is home, and I presume that Hugh is pretty much over his maladies as well. I'll see them in Mesquite if they make it there.
     
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    Good to hear that Ruth is home! 37 days -- wow! My mom was in the hospital for 6 days in a cardiac care room (but not intensive care) and the bill (prior to Medicare and insurance) was $28,000! I can't imagine what Ruth's bill is like.

    Ruth and Hugh usually make it to the SOR. Hope to see them then.

    Frank
     
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    Thank you for the update, Tim. GREAT news!
     
  7. Omexa

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    Hi, I am stunned by the costs of Hospital care in the USA. Four years ago I was diagnosed with late stage rectal cancer IIIC; over the next 4 years I had about 75 or more trips to Hospital (The Hospital Bus picked me up and later took me home; I live 23 kilometers from the Hospital) I had Chemo and Radiation treatment; I then had a major operation and six months later another smaller operation. About a year ago I had an Ambulance pick me up and take me to emergency for adhesions; I stayed 4 days in the Emergency Ward. In total I spent 16 Days in the Intensive Care Ward and about a month in the Normal Wards. I went yesterday for another checkup (Once a year for the rest of your life). All this for absolutely no cost. Medicare covered everything including a Specialist Surgeon from the Private Hospital; the Surgeon and I have become friends and he loves to look at my Pocket Watches. I am not in a Health fund because I don't have to be. Regards Ray
     
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    My chemo treatments were $53,000 each. Had six of them. Now onto maintenance. We'll see how much that is!
     
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    My sister had 85 chemo treatments over more than four years, at $40,000 to $60,000 each, but her husband's insurance through the teamsters union pick essentially all of it up.

    Frank
     
  10. Omexa

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    Hi, I just found this:
    "These drugs are expensive, sure, but no one can say they aren't terrific. But we can say that XXXXXXXX, the maker of ZZZZZZZ has raised the price of the drug from an already high $30,000 in 2001 to $76,000 today despite the fact that it costs less than $200 dollars to manufacture a year's supply Oct 15, 2015" I blanked out the Company and product name because of legal implications. I do realize that there is the cost of years of research to take into account. Regards Ray
     
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    First and foremost I am very happy that Ruth and all are in recovery and doing well.

    As a Canadian when you post medical costs it is like trying to converse in a foreign language that I cannot comprehend or understand. When I mention this I am not trying to be cute or disrespectful. In the past year or so I have had a CT scan and Two Mri's, and the only cost was for the parking which was $ 5.00, which we bitched about. And despite what is often mentioned, the waiting time for the procedures was just a few weeks.

    And no it is not free. We pay taxes big time.

    I wish all my colleagues here the best of health.

    David
     
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    Some (not all) chemo drugs have been around since the early '90's, are off patent in the U.S. and available as generics and have been for some time. I am not sure if any generic manufacturers have been producing certain off-patent chemo drugs, but the possibility to do so exists.

    Regards.
     
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    I don't think we should be entering into political discussions, and make no mistake the appalling costs of medical care in the US are the result of politics.

    The rest of us just look on rather bemused and grateful for not having to deal with that.

    Very glad to hear they are much better.
     
  14. Tim Orr

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    Good evening, all!

    Here's another report on Ruth from Tom Wilcox, NAWCC Executive Director:

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    I spoke with Ruth Overton yesterday. She told me she was just released from the hospital and was very weak, but on the mend. She had been in the hospital for 37 days. She says Hugh is taking fine care of her and she greatly appreciates all the thoughts, messages, cards, and prayers.


    She wanted to let you all know that she DOES NOT have the capacity to get in contact with everyone and thank them, so she asked me to do so. Her recovery will take six months. She is VERY weak and can only take a few steps without a walker. It was difficult enough for her to expend the energy to talk with me on the phone, so please be respectful of this. She is not in a position to take a lot of calls or do a lot of talking, for now.


    She and Hugh will keep us updated and let us know when she can talk more with everyone.


    She is very grateful to all of you and truly values all the love and support you have shown. She sends all her best to you.


    Tom Wilcox, NAWCC, Inc.

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    Best regards!

    Tim
     
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    Almost every other country has free medical care. We're just hoping the trend catches on :) In my case, insurance picks up most of it. I have a $4000 out of pocket cap yearly.
     
  16. Dick C

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    Sorry, nothing is free....someone and/or many are paying for this "free" healthcare....
     
  17. novicetimekeeper

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    Absolutely, but tax is based on the ability to pay, and medical insurance isn't. As a result countries with universal healthcare provide medical treatment to all because it is free at the point of delivery, whereas in the US it is provided subsidised only to those who can afford to pay the insurance, either as part of their employment or employment history or some social programmes.

    In fact based on the costs of European healthcare the US could fund Universal healthcare for all its people with less money than is currently paid to provide it for those who can afford it.
     
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    As I said earlier, the rest of the World looks on, bemused and also grateful we don't have the same system.
     
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  19. leeinv66

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    Once diagnosed with cancer here, there are no out of pocket expenses for your treatment. The costs you detail for your chemo treatments Shutterbug astound me! Something is very broken with that system.
     

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