It’s Official . . .

Since Jan’s sore throat wasn’t too much better this morning, she made a doctor’s appointment for 10 AM, and $300 later, we found out she has

wait for it . . .

wait for it . . .

wait for it . . .


Yes, it cost $300 to find out Jan has a bad cold.

After dropping the prescriptions off at Sam’s Club, we headed over to The Egg & I to have breakfast at one of our favorite places. One thing we like is that they have a number of favored coffees available, including a great Toasted Hazelnut.

Jan always orders the Blueberry Pancake. Yes, I said Pancake, not Pancakes.

This is why.

Egg and I 3

It covers 3/4 of the plate!

And they also make the bacon just like she likes it.

She calls it ‘Glass Bacon”. Because it shatters when you touch it.

Leaving breakfast we drove over to a client’s office to check out closing the books for the end of the year. Then it was on back to Sam’s for the prescriptions.

After that it was back to the rig for the day. And the night.

We had originally planned to get together with some friends for New Year’s Eve, but with Jan still under the weather we’ll stay in tonight.

Thought for the Day:

Failure is not an option!
It comes bundled with Government!



7 Responses

  1. Happy New Year you two. Have a great year.

  2. And from what I see on the News we watch in Canada, is that most American’s don’t want free health care or are very resistant to it, yet we have free health care here in Canada and your visit to the crud doctor would have cost “zero” I don’t know which side of that debate you are on Greg, but “Free” would have been better than $300 to be told Jan has a bad cold. That is just based on my Canadian perspective of our health care system. I certainly don’t know enough about Obamacare to discuss the pros and cons, but I do like free. (yes we pay for it through out taxes over the years, but not out of pocket on that particular day) Happy New Year to you and Jan, hope she feels better quickly and safe travels where ever that adventure takes you. Bill.

  3. Take care of the crud! We don’t want it to develop into anything worse.

  4. Same to you and yours, Susie.

    Greg and Jan

  5. omg I had it for 3 yes 3 weeks hope you get better soon…………………. Happy New year to you and yours……………

  6. Bill,

    Jan and I are both on Medicare, so we’re not directly affected by ObamaCare, yet. But we’ll see down the road.

    Her Doctor’s visit was only $30.

    No problem.

    The big costs was one of the two prescriptions for $245

    And it may be that the pharmacy screwed up. Jan said the Doctor prescribed Prilosec or Nexium for the stomach problems associated with her bad cold.

    And they then gave us Nexium, the name brand drug and not Prilosec, which has both a generic version, and an over the counter version.

    I’ll be talking with both the doctor’s office and the pharmacy tomorrow.

    It has been my observation that anytime the government gets involved in something, the costs skyrocket.

    For example, I have a sister who is 12 years younger than me. When she was born in 1961, the total cost for every thing, delivery, hospital, doctor’s, everything, was $400.00. That was the total.

    When my son was born 6 years later in 1967, the delivery doctor’s cost alone was $1200. The total cost of everything was over $3000.00

    Same state, same area.

    The difference: Medicare and Medicaid started in 1965. Medical costs skyrocketed 4 or 5 times any cost of living increase during that time.

    The same thing has happened since the government got into the student loan business.

    Back in the late 60’s, early 70’s it was possible for someone to work their way through college as my wife and I did, even for big universities like Vanderbilt in Nashville, or the University of Alabama.

    It is pretty much impossible to do that now, and you hear plenty of stories of students graduating owing over $100,000 in student loans. And this is for a liberal arts degree, with almost no possibility of ever paying it back.

    I saw this up close because I was an IT specialist/Webmaster at the University of Houston-Clear Lake from 1998 to 2008 when we started RV’ing.

    As more money was available, cost of everything went up there, plus teachers wanted more money, and the university went on a big building problem, without a commensurate increase in enrollment, just being able to charge each student more money, because if they couldn’t afford it, they could just get a student loan.

    As far as ObamaCare, it really hasn’t gone into effect until today. And I think that many people are going to be in for a rude awakening on how things are really going to work.

    The low end plan, the “Bronze Plan”, that most people seem to buying, have deductibles in the $4 – 6000 dollar range. And you get pretty much no coverage until your deductible is paid.

    You can find out more here.

    So when people start showing up at the Doctor’s office and wanting their “Free” healthcare, they may be in for a rude awakening.

    At a average $5000.00 deductible and an average $75 office visit, that means that they would have to visit the doctor 66 times before ObamaCare pays anything at all.

    Not what most people are expecting, I think.

    Happy New Year.

  7. Thanks, Joanie

    Happy New Year.

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