Has anyone watched Sicko?Shocked by what i learnt.

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marty1976
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   Posted 1/12/2008 4:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I watched tonight. I was so shocked to see how badly your government cares for its citizens.Am i wrong to say this?I live in N.Ireland and OUR healthcare is provided by the NHS(National Health Service). I do not have to pay for medical care,medicines or anything else to do with my health.Our healthcare is really good here when i look at other countries.
   I knew that you needed health insurance in the U.S. to get treatment but i couldn't believe the way the insurance companies behave.It seems that they will do anything not to pay out.The price of your medicines is ridiculous, the price of hospital stays is totally inacceptable.I would really hate to have a chronic illness and live with the fear of becoming ill and not being able to afford healthcare.How do you cope.Is it a worry or do you all have health insurance?
  I remember a while ago there were a few here who had to work during nasty flares to pay for the meds. That's so sad i think and my heart goes out to anyone who has to do that.I only realised how poor your system actually is after watching this film, i feel for you people out there who have to see your insurance company before you see your doctor.
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jano437
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   Posted 1/12/2008 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Marty, Our health care sucks. I have insurance through work, but it is with a group. If I was to try to get insurance of my own, I would be denied. If they would insure me it would be an outrages amount of money. Something has really got to be done about this.......Where you live, is that what is called Universal Health insurance? Do you have to pay higher taxes?

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marty1976
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   Posted 1/12/2008 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   

No. All my life i worked and paid taxes but since Beth took ill i left work and My wife works.It scares me to think that if i lived in America we couldn't afford the massive amount of medical care my daughter needs and the medical needs of me and my family.

   For example. My daughter attends hospitals at least once a week,next week she has an MRI and a CT scan and the week after that a eeg.In this past 3 months she has been admitted to hospital 4 times and had to stay for approx 4 weeks.She will see a cardioligist and a neurologist twice in the next 4 weeks too.How much would this cost in America?I would think probably around 500,000? Would that be right?

   I'll never complain again about our healthcare.We do not pay for drugs because of our family circumstances. But those on a low income do not have to pay anything.Even if me and my wife both worked and had to attend a doctor. The Most we would have to pay would be about ten dollars for a prescription. All your drugs for ten dollars.our pharmacies even collect the prescriptions and bring them to your door.If I'm sick i just call the doctor and go get chjecked up i don't have to contact insurance companies.My daughter has a hospital doctor call here to our house twice a week, we have physiopherapists, occupational therapists, community care workers  all call to our house. I am also entitled to have someone come to my house and watch my daughter for me if i wanted to go shopping or do cleaning for example.(I do not use this service though) I do not have to pay for any of this.The government give me money for caring for my daughter.

  If i have to go to the hospital i can claim travel expenses and the hospital will re-imburse me that day for the costof travel to and from hospital.And all i have to do is show my id card, no phone calls to insurance companies or waiting about.I also don'ttake advantage of this but if Beth has to go to London it is reassuring to know that all travel costs will be paid.

   If my wife becomes sick we do not have to worry about no money coming in because the government will increase our benefits to make up for the shortfall.

   I never thought i'd be singing the praises of the NHS. bUT I GUESS i took for granted how lucky we are over here compared to you guys.

                                    
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potty girl
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   Posted 1/12/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
yep I might have to move The insurance companies just laugh at me and say that they cant cover me go figure. but if you dont have under age children they just dont care
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jujub
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   Posted 1/12/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
There's good and bad to both systems. I have insurance through my work, and when I retire it will continue. I pay for my husband's coverage, but mine is free. Yes, insurance and everything else is too expensive, partially related to the number of lawsuits in this country, partially to greed.

But, I can see a specialist any time I feel I need one. I can get a referral from my internist or go on my own. My GI does all the management of my UC care, there's no waiting six weeks to see him if I have a problem. So while the costs are outrageous here, the access is good.

What we all need is something that blends the best of both plans. And does it without having tax rates that go into the 80 - 90% range.

And take what you see in Sicko, as well as Moore's other films, with a bit of a grain of salt. He has an ax to grind (however justifiably), so his presentation is always one-sided.
Judy
 
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GardenerJames
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   Posted 1/12/2008 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I watched Sicko, and although I think Michael Moore does tend to be one-sided I think he was dead on target with this one.
We have excellent health care here, but it is provided poorly. Meaning that we probably have just about the best doctors, nurses and hospitals you could ask for, but it's the insurance industry that is criminal.
I am self-employed and am lucky enough to live in Washington, where I can get insurance through a state pool of people who are denied individual coverage. But still I'm a 30 year old male who has never smoked and I pay $400 a month just for the insurance, then have copays and out of pocket expenses to the tune of a couple thousand more per year.
On the flipside, I have personal experience with the sometimes awful treatment of patients in the UK, where my aunt lives.
She actually had to move here for a year and pay out of her pocket for treatment that she was not allowed in the UK, it saved her life.
But, when you add it all up, I would say that she was an outlier and that does not normally happen. She's probably one of only a few people who fall through the cracks, whereas we have something like 40 million people who don't have any coverage whatsoever.
I'm glad you saw that and I hope that everyone else will see this movie with an open mindl. Even if they're like me and don't like Michael Moore.
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Sara14
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   Posted 1/12/2008 9:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I loved the movie Sicko. It left me really considering moving to Europe (I live in the U.S.). When I first started getting symptoms (before diagnosis) I was between health insurances, b/c I had just graduated college and just started a new job. I had to wait a month at my new job until my insurance kicked in. I eventually went in for a few appointments because the pain and other symptoms became severe, but if I would have had insurance that whole time, I probably could have avoided the severity of what I went through.

I am now insured through my job, but it scares me to think of what might happen if I get fired or have to quit because I get really sick or a family member gets sick and I want to take care of them. I've also always wanted to travel...well, I can't just pick up and go somewhere now for longer than the 5 days of vacation per year I receive. It also sucks that I have to think about healthcare as a deciding factor in what type of job I take. If I want to be self-employed or work for many small businesses, I will be denied for individual insurance. It's a bunch of B.S. And, yeah, I couldn't believe other countries paid patients for transportation, and that the prescriptions were so cheap! That would be so nice.

Oh, and we don't always get to see doctors right away. In order to see a specialist, we often have to wait months to get in.

Our system is truly screwed up and something needs to be done about it. Hopefully, the president elected next November will make some serious changes to our health care system.

The other thing in Sicko that made me mad was how little vacation time most of us in the U.S. receive compared to many European countries. We work way too much, IMO.
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vietvet
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   Posted 1/12/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the testimony, marty. the right wing here still use fear tactics to make folks believe that access and quality would suffer under a government run health care system. i'm sure the transition would be a little rough. i'm also sure the insurance companies would do everything in their power to sabotage the transition. even though there are good arguments on both sides, a government run universal system wins on one point only to me. as long as insurance companies are in the equation, corporate greed and the bottom line will trump life and death decisions. the government already runs a health care system in the VA. even with repeated attempts to cut funding, by a certain administration that loves photo ops in front of the troops, the VA does a remarkable job. it took, wartime, an embarrassment at the flagship hospital, and pressure from veterans groups to stop the privatization attempts of a chicken-hawk administration.

someone will post a response about the horrible lines to get in to see a doc in the UK, Canada, and France. the answer to that is that the reason we don't have lines (and we do - have you ever tried to get in to see a sleep clinician?), is that because of our screwy system, we don't have 50 million people, that should be, in line!

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Red_34
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   Posted 1/13/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
When I went in to see my primary the other day, she was just telling me that it is so hard for doctors to practice properly because the insurance companies tie their hands. She said it can get so frustrating. Yes, something needs to be done about our insurance woes for sure - but where would one even start! It has gone on for so long that now it would be a HUGE-MASSIVE undertaking.

I felt the bite of no insurance years ago while having this disease. It was not pretty because I had to go without medication for a little while. We were living paycheck to paycheck and barely able to afford our rent let alone try to dish out over $300 a month for Asacol. Luckily now, my husband has great insurance that pays everything 100% and my scripts are a $5-10 copay because I added up all my prescriptions one time and it came close to $1500 a month. That is so crazy!
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MitzMN
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   Posted 1/13/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe it is incorrect, Judilynn, that lawsuits contribute dramatically to the rising cost of healthcare. I'm too lazy to do the research right now, but the statistics are twisted and it's insurance company propaganda designed to refocus your attention on a nonissue instead of on them. That said, I agree that frivolous lawsuits should be dealt with -- strongly -- and there has got to be some kind of reform (and price) for suits filed that have no merit. Absolutely. We should not be wasting our time, energy and resources on meritless lawsuits. On the other hand, some of the mistakes made by medical professionals would make your hair curl, and those need to be addressed, learned from, and systems put in place to not have those mistakes repeated.

Our system is broke in this country, there's no doubt about it. And it's only going to get worse before someone finally has the will to step in and fix it. I think we could examine and learn a lot from other systems, take the best parts of each of them, and craft a system that would provide a much better level of care at a cheaper cost. Right now, you (as in a collective you) pay an insurance company to assure you get good care, and their interests are contrary to your own, it seems to me, and they also take the power of deciding the best course of treatment for you out of the hands of your physicians and not only are more interested in paying the least possible, they are making medical decisions about your treatment. It's a mixed up, nonworking system.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


jujub
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   Posted 1/13/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Mitz, I totally agree that the insurance companies are a huge issue in this whole thing. Insurance in general is a mess in this country. Their agenda is to have you pay exorbitant amounts for decades and then, when you do have a claim, to cheat you. First they deny payment, then they offer you a quick settlement of cents on the dollar, and finally, if forced, they will pay. Ask anyone who was affected by Katrina. Or ask me, who spent most of two months working to force my insurance company to pay for something they had pre-authorized!

Pharmaceutical companies are also greedy. All you have to do is look at the costs of drugs in any other country compared to ours to see that we're getting gouged. We're totally being milked by big business to further enrich their stockholders.

Lawsuits, however, become a factor when you look at the amount doctors pay for malpractice insurance. I'm in favor of our going to the British system of having personal injury and product liability lawsuits heard by a panel of judges. Then the cases would be decided by the law instead of by a jury's emotions. I remember cases I've seen like the one where a mother who used cocaine and heroin throughout her pregnancy had a baby with disabilities. She sued the obstetrician and the hospital because of the baby's problems. The jury felt sorry for her and the baby and gave her an 11 million dollar settlement. So we have here the insurance factor plus the lawsuit factor working together.

Red, I'm glad you brought up the doctor's situation, because a lot of people still think of doctors as having enormous incomes, and that isn't true now. My primary care provider is a member of Physicians for National Healthcare because she is tired of seeing patients who can't afford their prescriptions and the treatments they need.

I'd just like to see a system where everyone has insurance coverage - paid, reduced fee or free, depending on their circumstances - and access to quality healthcare.
Judy
 
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Asacol, Rowasa, Pentasa, Prednisone, Entocort, Azathioprine
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Sara14
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   Posted 1/13/2008 11:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Red_34 said...
Yes, something needs to be done about our insurance woes for sure - but where would one even start! It has gone on for so long that now it would be a HUGE-MASSIVE undertaking.
All three of the leading democratic candidates have laid out pretty detailed plans for changing our healthcare system. Yes, it will be a big undertaking, but it's definitely possible and is one of the "big issues" for this election, which is great.
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MitzMN
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   Posted 1/13/2008 12:12 PM (GMT -7)   
The judicial system operate without sympathy and bias. Those are instructions judges give to juries in every trial I've participated in. But of course, jurors are only human, and they certainly can be subjected to being swayed by sympathy, biases, and any number of influences exerted upon them by their own prejudices and backgrounds, not to mention skilled lawyers.

Perhaps you are correct that the facts of the case are such that the hospital did nothing wrong and the mom did everything wrong and the jury decided nonetheless to award that wrongdoing with an excessive award. I will tell you that an inappropriate jury verdicts will always be adjusted by the trial judge, from which, of course, either side can appeal.

In some cases, I'm not so sure that we shouldn't have professional jurors, frankly, since some matters, particularly involving very complex medical issues, engineering issues, accounting and contractual issues, can be way, way, way over the heads of jurors that are merely citizens like you and me. Why should we have to muck around after they spent days, weeks or months hearing a complex case, only to come back with a misunderstood jury verdict and have the judge end up changing that verdict. Overall, the jury system works; but nothing is perfect.

Mitz
Sporadic proctitis since about 1985. Mother had J-pouch surgery 1983.
DX'd with clostridium difficile in 2000. Pred, two courses of Flagyl, then Vancomycin finally got rid of it. 2001 colonoscopy dx'd left-sided UC. . Treated with prednisone, Rowasa, Asacol. Asacol not working, switched to Imuran. Three small flares since in 2002, 2005, and 2007, brought under control with steroid and Rowasa enemas. Lap Chole performed October 26, 2007, after gall bladder attack in June, '07.
Daily meds: 100 mg Azathioprine and 225 mg Effexor XR (for chronic, longstanding depression), many vitamins and Primadophilus Reuteri


Eric704
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   Posted 1/13/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I haven't been insured since I turned 18. A good 6 years now. Love this country!

WhiteSox1
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   Posted 1/13/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   

When I was first diagnosed with UC the doctor who diagnosed me spent a good portion of our talk on health insurance.  Can you believe that?  Even more so than my disease.  He told me that if I was thinking about switching jobs to reconsider because most insurance companies will not accept pre-existing conditions. 

"Sicko" really  opened my eyes to a lot of things.  Especially now.


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Old Hat
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   Posted 1/13/2008 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Blaming high health care costs in the U.S. on malpractice suits is like saying greenhouse gases result from chewing bubble gum! It's simplistic baloney formulated by greedy right-wingers who do not want to pay their fair share of personal income or corporate taxes to fund public financing of social services, including health care insurance. Just last year there was a terrible case in Maryland where a 10-yr-old boy whose family was on welfare died from complications due to infected teeth! His mother had to take 3 different buses to get him & his younger brother to one of the few available dentists who would agree to treat poor patients, which was a hardship due to her own physical problems. Most of us Americans are dependent on our job-connected insurance coverage help in meeting medical costs. Dental care is usually excluded completely from coverage. There is tremendous variation in what type of care the job-connected medical insurance covers. The coverage can change every couple of years even when only one insurer is involved-- because the insurance companies keep trying to cut costs so as to keep their profit margins up. People have to change doctors against their will because the doctors decide to drop affiliation with some or even ALL insurance plans!!! Our highest govt officials, the President, Vice Prez, & members of Congress & Judiciary, on the other hand, have complete medical coverage-- at OUR taxpayer expense!!!! John Kerry stressed this point repeatedly when he ran for President in 2004. You might well say that the national system our taxes maintain = taxation without representation, just what led to the Boston Tea Party! We also need an educational system that teaches accurate health information from early childhood on up-- so that citizens can learn to take better care of themselves thru adequate nutrition & regular exercise, thereby preventing many costly chronic illnesses. And yes, Americans generally come up short on paid vacation time-- especially in comparison to Western Europeans. Vive la France!-- where unions usually fight like tigers to hold on to traditional benefits that improve members' quality-of-life. I dearly love my country, but it definitely merits strong criticism on the issue of quality health care at affordable prices for all citizens. Michael Moore's beef is that the U.S. should finance adequate health care instead of putting so much money into military expenses/actions that harm more people, such as wars in the Middle East. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

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serendipity24
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   Posted 1/13/2008 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Haha...yeah, I know....it's actually really not funny.
So in my experience, I've been extremely lucky to A) be covered by my parent's insurance until last year, and B) be a vet student with insurance thru the school. Downside to B)--they only cover up to $3000 in prescriptions/year, and I take a pill (prograf) that cost me over $800/month! Now I'm paying for it out of pocket which sucks! I looked into pretty much every other option (including Indigent Health progams since I'm funded mostly by student loans), and was told by all of them that I'd be rejected for a pre-existing condition (my UC). Luckily, I found out that by getting the prograf thru my home state (Ohio), instead of California, I'm now 'only' paying $400/month for my Prograf. And I still have to pay for all the other meds I'm on (for UC and otherwise)...though my $3000/year just restarted, thank goodness!

But yes, it's ridiculous here, and watching Sicko only made me depressed...thank god veterinarians don't have HMO's.
Rachel

23 yrs old
Diagnosed with UC: March 2004 with probable IBS component

Currently taking:
Asacol 4pills 3x/day
Prograf 5mg/day
(Prograf is my miracle drug! It doesn't seem to be well known, but it's fantastic!)

Previously Tried:
Prednisone (works, but such awful side effects!), 6-MP (gave me acute pancreatitis), Entocort, Cipro (antibiotic), Bentyl, Canasa suppositories, a couple different enemas


vietvet
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   Posted 1/13/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
while moore again and again offers up the fact that so many in this country have no health insurance, the movie is really more about the people who DO have health insurance...............or at least think they do. until insurance companies are taken out of the equation, it will never be fixed. there are plenty of other products for insurance companies to fleece money from their customers, without handing over our lives. i was lucky once in my life, i'm not real anxious now to entrust it to a suit with a yacht payment.

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   Posted 1/14/2008 6:48 AM (GMT -7)   
If you've got a good job, and if that job offers insurance, and if you don't lose your job, and IF you were insured when you got UC and you had no lapses in insurance since then, you'll get covered for your UC in America.

I almost didn't get covered when I got my job because they said UC was a pre-existing condition. I had to prove to them that I had insurance without interruption before getting their coverage.

US healthcare is great. US health insurance is awful.
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Lonie
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   Posted 1/14/2008 7:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I guess the question comes down to this....how much in taxes are you willing to pay for universal health coverage?

Carol

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Old Hat
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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Participation of doctors in health insurance plans is another major question. They like to set their own fees/hours, etc. / Old Hat

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   Posted 1/14/2008 8:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, exactly Old Hat. I happen to belong to an HMO and my GI said he moved from being a private practice specialist to this organization because he doesn't have to worry about staffing, payments/insurance companies, and all the good stuff that comes with having a private practice. He can now just do his job and he's a great doctor. I think the medical insurance I have is closest to universal health care than anything else I've had. I agree that our healthcare system isn't the best, but do remember that nothing is for free. I too worry about getting sick again; I don't have anyone to lean on for insurance as I'm not married so what would happen? I think we all have the same fears, there's just a lot of work to be done and the American people have to be accomodating to a tax hike.

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Paul L
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Who says it would be more expensive. Your current insurance fees would be replaced with higher taxes but overall it would be less expensive.  According to the world health Organization at:
 
 
in US dollars the per capita total expenditure on health is $6092.2 for the US (not everyone is covered), $3037.6 for Canada and $2899.7 for the UK. In Canada and the UK everyone is covered. I wouldn’t give up our Canadian health care system for a US style system.

Paul
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Prednisone - worked well for 1 month, then side effects became unbearable.
6-MP - blood tests showed not metabolizing properly.
Corticosteroid enema, Flagyl, Ciprofloxin, VSL#3, Adacolumn Apheresis – no effect
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Lonie
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd rather pay higher taxes and have total healthcare and not worry about what's around the corner. I too figure it all evens out in the end, but most people scream when taxes are raised; understandbly too....because we all know it could be put to better use, no argument there! ***Sigh*** It's definitely a mess.

Carol

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expecting226
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   Posted 1/14/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Speaking as a lawyer who used to defend physicians and hospitals against malpractice suits before I moved over to the transactional side... and speaking as someone who has worked her entire life - even during flares - to ensure that I maintain my group health insurance and income... I think I am going to keep my thoughts to myself on this debate.
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- Rowasa (1 enema daily, as needed)
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- Calcium (600 mg, 2x per day)
- Prenatal Vitamin (1x per day)
- Iron (2x per day)

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