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Old 08-06-2007, 07:03 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by lazygood4nothinbum View Post
i think it is wiser to improve one's diet and exercise from the get go.

what if during one of these body scans the lab finds something that could be considered "pre-existing" to a new insurance policy but that might not noticeably effect you until you are in your 90s. do you then get to pay extra high premiums for the next 30 years over a condition which is essentially, at least for now, benign?
This is just about what has happened to me, except that the conditions are excluded from my coverage. One of them is a degenerative disk in my neck. Never a twinge since 1998. And even then it was a temporary condition brought about by wrong exercise. But I guess the insurance company worries it might cost them a few bucks sometime if it flairs up. So, no coverage. This is routine these days with health insurance companies.
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:20 PM   #22
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Twenty years ago I signed up for a longitudinal cardiac study. Every few years they drag me in for a treadmill test, blood tests for cholesterol, glucose, etc. They assess my diet, weigh me, measure my fat (increasing!) and otherwise prod and poke.

More recently, they've added the occasional carotid artery ultrasound and a heart scan. (I refuse any radiation, as well as the storage of my DNA for some "unknown future use.")
I get a physical every couple of years which covers the same things, so I do not see any of this as unusual. Would you be worried so much that you would avoid a physical exam? That doesn't sound prudent to me. Wouldn't you want to know if you had high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol?

I guess there is a big difference to me between worrying about health care and worrying about my health.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:52 PM   #23
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I'm sure you probably know that the pharmacies sell your prescribing information back to big pharma so they can target their "educational" presentations. So, if you are not prescribing enough Avandia, the Avandia rep will call on your office with educational materials because you would prescribe 50 more rxs per month if you were properly informed about Avandia's benefits. I'm not sure everyone on the board knows this. It is very troubling how we and our physicians are manipulated by the marketing geniuses efforts.

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Old 08-06-2007, 10:18 PM   #24
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Also, if they turn up some condition it will very likely go to the Medical Bureau (can't remember the exact name), whose existence I discovered as I was applying for individual health insurance recently. All your medical info is available through this central bureau.

Incidentally, MIB is covered under the annual credit report law. Make a free phone call and see what's in your file, if anything.

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Old 08-07-2007, 09:22 AM   #25
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have you every had *anything* treated before? I saw sicko the other week, & it seems that insurance companies will reject you based off of anything, even a yeast infection.

I personally would keep doing it, but then, I have bipolar, so I'm already on their blacklist. Also, I live in NY, where I'm guarenteed the ability to buy health insurance, no matter what.

Personally, if I were going to develop pre-diabetes, or pre-something else, I'd rather know & take corrective steps to fix it, before it becomes full-blown, but that's just me.
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