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  •  Our Kaiser coverage (4+ / 0-)

    here in Colorado has always been very good -- and we've been a pretty expensive family.

    •  Likewise here in SoCal (4+ / 0-)
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      Bluedoc, bablhous, Actbriniel, kktlaw

      Been with Kaiser for about three years (with two different employers) and we've had our second boy, and my wife also broke her foot and wrist (which required surgery), and our older boy needed stitches at an ER.  The up-front costs are a little high (compared to previous insurance), but it's good to know that when you need the care, they are good at providing.  Plus paying for everything is a lot less confusing.

      Mountaintop Removal Mining: trading our purple mountain majesties for central air.

      by demotarian on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 02:37:40 PM PDT

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      •  Had Kaiser in Ohio (4+ / 0-)

        Never had a problem, had a few major issues with the kids and a high risk pregnancy and never saw a bill.  

        I've got nothing negative to say about Kaiser.  In fact, I think that our congresscritters need to go and look at their model.  

        Haven't had Kaiser for 10 years now (they left CT before I moved here), but they were a real life-saver when I had them and I know one of my kid's hospitalizations was way over $100K at Cleveland Clinic.

        •  We might still be paying (3+ / 0-)
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          Bluedoc, bablhous, historys mysteries

          off my last pregnancy if we'd had a 20/80 co-pay -- preemie twins (one didn't make it, and he had emergency surgery), suriving twin in NICU for 5 weeks, emergency c-section, me in the hospital for a week and having my tubes tied -- followed by an appendectomy 3 months later.

          Then there's autism with younger son and his chronic ear infections as a toddler (3 sets of tubes and eventual adenoidectomy), ADHD and serious vision problems with older son, the Mister with Hep C (now cured -- yea!), gallbladder surgery....

          Been with Kaiser for more than 20 years.  We've never been denied coverage for anything we've needed.

        •  they've changed (1+ / 0-)
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          ...  what worries me, other than somebody as an adult with a chronic condition signs up for them, is that there have to be a lot of people stuck with Kaiser right now, with no choice, who are reading this and thinking if the nation's health care turns into a version of this, they are literally screwed and going to die much sooner, or suffer a great deal more.  So it's a negative influence.

          I had them for a few years in the late 1990's- early 2000's in Northern CA and was absolutely appalled.  Every single one of the bastards I interacted with treated me as if I were there only to waste their time. I was having a lot of very worrisome symptoms from several problems, and they honestly could not have cared less.  The only reason I haven't diaried about this is that it might be I could be recognized from the description of the interactions.  

          "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

          by AmericanRiverCanyon on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 05:50:36 PM PDT

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          •  Wow - that is 180 degrees from my experience (0+ / 0-)

            with Kaiser in Ohio.  I found everyone there to actually be concerned about the patient and taking care of them first & foremost.  I'm sorry for your experiences - I guess it just goes to show that the culture of a company is locally influenced from the management on-site.

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