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Old 02-08-2006, 12:52 PM   #41
 
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ltr , hopefully things turned out well for your wife.?

What you say is true, that in a socialised system the wait some times compounds the problem, but the number of Hospitals is limited, the number that do Neuro , Cardio, etc is even more limited, so urgent cases go to the front of the line.

Friends of ours that have worked in the US felt frustrations with all the paperwork involved, especially in charting the patient's bill.

Most enjoyed their experiance but returned for family reasons.

A bit of trivia, Kieffer Sutherland, who acts in 24, is the Grand Son of Tommy Douglas, the man responsible for bringing Medicare into Canada.
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Re: What does Generation X want?
Old 02-08-2006, 01:31 PM   #42
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*Its really hard to take someone serious that cant work simple programs like windows, word and excel. *

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Unfortunately, many medical providers don't initially care what an insurance company wants in order to have a claim processed.* The fine print on most medical forms is that the patient is ultimately responsible for any unpaid amount, and that the medical provider is not obligated to bill the insurance company first.* Under such circumstances, patients get bills for months, which naturally go unpaid, thereby affecting their credit rating.* In some cases, the medical provider goes so far as to send the bill out to a collection agency, thereby ruining the patient's credit rating -- all because some "bonehead low level person was not doing what the insurance company required to have the claim processed".
This is slightly off topic. I've always known that in any transactional dispute/debate,
the one holding onto the cash has the upper hand, negotiationally. Now that I am
no longer a borrower, but instead a lender, I am merciless in using this
device. In other words, I don't worry much about my credit rating. If someone
is treating me badly, I use whatever leverage I can find. It's kind of like saying
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It's kind of like saying "So sue me!"
As a lawyer and a former litigator, I've often used that line in dealing with people who are annoyed at me because I won't let them have their way. Nobody has ever done it.

My father, on the other hand, has been sued a few times, mostly for small amounts that he could have paid, but chose not to based on the principle of the matter. As a dutiful son, I've ghost-written a few of his briefs and discovery responses. I can only imagine the looks on the faces of the ambulance-chaser lawyers who opened the envelopes.

The whole point of my involvement was to make it as expensive as possible for those who chose to press stupid issues. On the other hand, when my father was wrong (and he was occasionally), I didn't hesitate to tell him that he should pay up and be done with it, and he eventually did.
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Old 02-08-2006, 02:18 PM   #45
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As a lawyer and a former litigator, I've often used that line in dealing with people who are annoyed at me because I won't let them have their way.* Nobody has ever done it.

My father, on the other hand, has been sued a few times, mostly for small amounts that he could have paid, but chose not to based on the principle of the matter.* As a dutiful son, I've ghost-written a few of his briefs and discovery responses.* I can only imagine the looks on the faces of the ambulance-chaser lawyers who opened the envelopes.

The whole point of my involvement was to make it as expensive as possible for those who chose to press stupid issues.* On the other hand, when my father was wrong (and he was occasionally), I didn't hesitate to tell him that he should pay up and be done with it, and he eventually did.
"paying up" and "being done with it" is very often excellent advice. My "family law"
attorney has saved me a lot of money by being honest and telling me to just pay and
move on. My natural inclinations are not merely win, but to crush my opponents.
Obviously this gets me in hot water and as a result I have spent way too much time
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I guess i'll have to let other Gen-X'ers respond to this since I effectively work only about 36 hrs a week (counting leave)... Azanon
I work my 40-45hrs and get my work done competently, and then some.

Perhaps someone can shed some light into the "the amount of day in the work vs the amount of work in the day" scenario I perceive at my job.* The people who work all the time, adding little, if any, additional value, are regarded as "more valuable".* Maybe my perception is incorrect, but it plagues me as very counterintuitive.
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My natural inclinations are not merely win, but to crush my opponents.
Obviously this gets me in hot water and as a result I have spent way too much time
in court.
A wise partner in my old law firm once told me that the key to surviving the stress of being a litigator is not to take anything personally. He told me that's what the client is supposed to do, since it's his money on the line. While I agree with this principle in part, I still like to win and would still get annoyed if I had written what I considered to be a "winning brief" and it was readily apparent from the judge's ruling that he hadn't bothered to read it.
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I still like to win and would still get annoyed if I had written what I considered to be a "winning brief" and it was readily apparent from the judge's ruling that he hadn't bothered to read it.

Don't I know it. Just makes my blood boil. And then you have to explain it to your client. No wonder I am limiting the bankruptcy litigation I do. Though today I am working on a motion for summary judgment in a bankruptcy case. I have convinced myself I am right. We will see about the judge. This particular judge irritates me to no end. Serious case of robitus.
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Don't I know it. Just makes my blood boil.* And then you have to* explain it to your client.* No wonder I am limiting the bankruptcy litigation I do.* Though today I am working on a motion for summary judgment in a bankruptcy case.* I have convinced myself I am right.* We will see about the judge.* This particular judge irritates me to no end.* Serious case of robitus.*
On a related note to Martha's posting, I think that Generation X really wants to just be taken seriously.* Although the members of Generation X are now in their late-20s to mid-30s, Boomers still don't seem to treat us like adults in many situations.* Many of us are wise beyond our years, and a lack of gray hair doesn't automatically disqualify us from being right.* Then again, try telling that to the average federal judge...
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On a related note to Martha's posting, I think that Generation X really wants to just be taken seriously. Although the members of Generation X are now in their late-20s to mid-30s, Boomers still don't seem to treat us like adults in many situations. Many of us are wise beyond our years, and a lack of gray hair doesn't automatically disqualify us from being right. Then again, try telling that to the average federal judge...
All I can say is that every ten years I look back and realize how little I really knew ten years ago.

When you're smart, a lot of things look to be a lot simpler than they really are.
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All I can say is that every ten years I look back and realize how little I really knew ten years ago. . .
You must be pretty slow. It only take me 5 years to reach this point.
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My opinion on the article -
I think that the article shows the natural response of what business has come to, and the readjustment/backlash that would eventually have to come.
My parents worked very hard at their jobs, and they raised me to be the same. I don't know if you could stereotype the baby boomers as being a workaholic generation or not, but I do know that my family definitely did not have a good balance when it came to living your life vs. working. Now, as a 33 year old adult, I definitely find that my life is completely out of balance. A 55-65 hour week is maybe the average for me, in fact that number is actually probably on the low side.
I'm military, so that probably has something to do with it, but I have a feeling that even if I weren't in the military, I'd be somewhere else working just as many hours. I know many would disagree, but personally I think that in this country we work too many hours and don't take enough vacation. We might actually not need as much vacation time if we didn't overdo it on a daily basis. Most of us could probably get more done in less time if we were a) smarter about HOW we worked or b) were given a shorter work day and asked to do the same work.
There's nothing wrong with working hard, but you definitely need a balance in life - you need balance in all aspects of life. The point's been made many times in these forums that you can save all the time for retirement and not enjoy today - I'm definitely starting to believe that's true.
Also - as far as what Generation X "wants" - I don't expect much of anything from anyone else, I develop my own future.
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In return, I get...fewer holidays than any other industralized nation...
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... any country where there are more than three holidays between January and November...
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The US has fewer paid days off than any other industrialized country in the world. No other country has basically three days off between January 2 and the last week of November.
Dave I'm beginning to think you may be a nice guy, just suffering from depression due to the lack of holidays between now and Thanksgiving. If symptoms persist, you should consult a physician.

Good luck in finding one that isn't a boomer.

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http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/Productivity.html

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Dave's comments was about productivity per hour.

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France actually have higher productivity per hour than the US
This statistic is productivity per worker.* Big difference.

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...although U.S. productivity is still the highest in the world by a wide marginó$45,918 of GNP per worker in 1990, 25 percent ahead of Japan and 35 percent ahead of Germany...
If I recall correctly the French have a short (35 hour ?) work week and from what I can tell they seem to get the whole month of August off in addition to numerous other holidays.

I think that productivity/hour worked is a more relevant quality of life metric.

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Plus americans have a secret weapon.

If we stop looking at porn and surfing early retirement web sites from work we could double our productivity overnight.

Obviously, the quality of life would suffer greatly in the process though.
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