The best of times

Isn't it interesting how timeless and true good writing proves itself, even in our modern age, and even though it was originally intended for a different literary context? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of [...]

A case study of Romania’s healthcare system

Question: what do you do if your child gets sick on a weekend in Romania? Answer: nothing; not an effing thing, not unless you want to deal with Romania's state health system. Sophie got sick over the weekend. We initially thought it was a mild case of heat stroke. Now we think it's enterocolitis. We [...]

Romanian doctors play hooky at Buenos Aires conference

My parents just got back from a big, worldwide conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina -- the 15th World Congress of Psychiatry. My dad, who is a devoted psychiatrist, went there to learn new things, like most doctors who go to conferences. Unfortunately, all but five of the entire group of Romanian doctors (150 in total) [...]

Healthcare in Romania

  There are two options for the person requiring care: the public healthcare system, financed by the government, where one is supposed to be cared for without cost if they hold medical insurance, and the private healthcare system, which is not really a system but is made up of different, unrelated private clinics or hospitals, [...]

Cigna increases premiums while CEO gets more pay

Our medical insurance policy is with Cigna. We're on the Open Access Plus plan. After I renewed my Cigna policy recently, I got our new insurance cards, and noticed that the premiums and copays increased as follows: PCP Visit ($20 vs $15) Specialist ($40 vs $30) Hospital ER ($100 vs $50) Urgent Care ($50 vs [...]

Happy Birthday Tataie

It's my grandfather's birthday today. He died just a couple of weeks ago after a painful struggle with mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure. He'd been coughing for a few years. It was a persistent cough, but it wasn't a severe cough. He coughed here and there, and especially after he came [...]

Google Health is a good thing

When it launched a few weeks ago, Google Health received fairly lackluster reviews. Privacy issues and lack of features were the main complaints. Well, I'm here to tell you those initial views are wrong. Even if you're a long-time reader of my site, you may not know what qualifies me to make that statement, so [...]

A doctor's view on "free lunches" and politicians

The following open letter from Dr. Sanford Siegel, President of the Chesapeake Urology Associates, to Rep. Henry Waxman (R-CA), was pointed out to me this morning. I asked Dr. Siegel's permission to post it in its entirety on ComeAcross, and he agreed. I'm struck by how true this letter rings. My father is a doctor. [...]