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Old 02-07-19, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by cooker View Post
Do you feel the same way about Medicare?
What do you know about U.S. Medicare? I assume nothing. Your "question" has no relevance to the subject or any of its discussion.

Medicare is paid for by taxes collected from workers and specifically collected as insurance for certain medical expenses of seniors who have paid into the system for at least approximately 10 years. Medicare benefits are not paid out for any old expenses that some people would rather not pay themselves.
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Old 02-08-19, 01:44 AM
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Let's not get political.
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When I lived in Winnipeg and burned my foot to the bone ...


May I know how it happened? When you say burn, you mean fire right? Not acid or chemical burns.
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I'm looking for something similar here.

I can take the bus to work, the walking part of that isn't too far yet ... although it may become too far if the diagnosis results in a "NO walking" order.

Plus I've discovered that there appears to be 3 community transport options for getting to appointments and other things. However, the first criteria is that a person would have to be 65 years old ... or disabled.

OK, I might qualify under the "or disabled" but I think I would need to be able to prove it, and a bad limp isn't enough. It would have to be a medical certificate.
Have you asked your doctor(s) what other patients do in such situations? Surely they - or better yet, their staff - would have some ideas.
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Old 02-09-19, 10:41 PM
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Have you asked your doctor(s) what other patients do in such situations? Surely they - or better yet, their staff - would have some ideas.
Not likely.

They seem surprised when I stop them in the middle of giving me directions to the best parking locations nearby and tell them I'm walking so I would prefer a direct route.
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Old 02-09-19, 11:36 PM
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Dealing with Medical Situations ... after the emergency has passed.

Now I'll ask the question, how do you deal with medical situations? Situations where you can't ride your bicycle or walk ... and can't drive.

What services do you have in your area to help you?

Obviously if it is really bad, you'll call an ambulance. But suppose you need to get to important medical appointments or carry on every-day life while not being able to get out and about.
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Not likely.

They seem surprised when I stop them in the middle of giving me directions to the best parking locations nearby and tell them I'm walking so I would prefer a direct route.
Apparently you could get around and were not so disabled then; what condition/circumstances means "not being able to get out and about" to you?

Surely you don't mean an unwillingness to pay for local taxi service to get to and from important medical appointments when you actually are unable to transport yourself or arrange transportation with family, friends or neighbors.
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Old 02-10-19, 01:49 AM
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Apparently you could get around and were not so disabled then; what condition/circumstances means "not being able to get out and about" to you?
No, my second comment was in regard to a situation before I was unable to walk.

Sorry to confuse you. Rowan and I have had a lot of medical appointments ... just about every day of the week. For a week, I was unable to walk to them or drive to them. With the potential for that situation to continue for another 6 weeks (broken hip). Fortunately it was only a week.

Prior to that, when I enquired about getting to these various appointments, they assumed that all their patients could drive and would be driving, and the idea of another method of transportation confused them. Knowing that, I rather doubt they would be able to offer a solution for being unable to walk or drive.

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Prior to that, when I enquired about getting to these various appointments, they assumed that all their patients could drive and would be driving, and the idea of another method of transportation confused them. Knowing that, I rather doubt they would be able to offer a solution for being unable to walk or drive.
Assuming that taxi service is available in your area, I suspect that the staff at the medical places would have been quite able to suggest a solution - more than likely it would be that you or Rowan take a taxi to your appointments, if friends or neighbors were not available for providing door to door transportation. That is the same solution suggested by several respondents to your OP.

Whether you would prefer to not pay taxi fares, or payment might cause a financial hardship is a different issue.
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I'm not worried about regular appointments, I can get my dog there. I'm just thinking about if an injury occurs. I saw someone's dog get attacked by an off leash dog while walking and their dog was hurt pretty badly, bleeding, etc. I don't imagine a taxi would respond quickly enough nor want a bleeding animal inside. It's only life-threatening emergencies I'm worried about......where getting my dog to the emergency vet fast matters, and I don't have time to make arrangements. I guess I would have to hope one of my neighbors was home....I can't find any other solution. Fingers crossed I will never need this, it's really the only situation where I cannot figure out a solution for me not having a car. $$$ would not be an issue, I'd pay whatever to get my dog to the vet, so flagging down a stranger and offering a hundred bucks might work or whatever.
I've taken Uber with cats before - you can just send them a message once a driver is assigned to make sure that it's OK.

One driver told me that company policy requires them to accept dogs. I don't quite believe it, but I imagine most drivers would be fine, especially if you have blankets to collect hair/drool and you tip well!
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
Assuming that taxi service is available in your area, I suspect that the staff at the medical places would have been quite able to suggest a solution - more than likely it would be that you or Rowan take a taxi to your appointments, if friends or neighbors were not available for providing door to door transportation. That is the same solution suggested by several respondents to your OP.

Whether you would prefer to not pay taxi fares, or payment might cause a financial hardship is a different issue.
At $80/round trip, over 4-6 weeks, it would have definitely started to add up.

Thankfully, the hip is not broken. Just damaged tendon and cartilage ... so I can still walk a bit.
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Yeah, "just use a taxi" is a valid response to an occasional, non-critical emergency (like you have to get there, but don't need an ambulance). It's not a cost-effective solution for long-term, continuing medical needs, or even for short-term-but-frequent needs. I have been fortunate in that I've not been so injured that I couldn't ride. I also have a bus option, provided I can walk the first and last block. Not a responsible option, though, when I have a potentially infectious disease.

And I've also noticed a complete lack of bike support at any of my medical destinations. I've had two doctors' offices in recent memory where I had to find signs (usually the handicap-parking sign) to lock up to, and I had a recent, overnight stay at the hospital where I had to get creative to lock up in the parking garage. Sure, a lot of people going to these places are not in good shape to bike, walk, etc., but plenty are. It's ironic that I go for a physical where a doctor encourages me to be more physically active while working out of an office building that does nothing to encourage people arriving by anything but a car.
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Old 02-19-19, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Let's not get political.
The availability of public assistance in getting to medical appointments is, unfortunately, a political question. I live in an area where disabled seniors can go to their appointments for a modest fee. My neighbor who can't walk on her own, uses it regulerly. This is so because of a political decision. It is not true everywhere in the US.

I'm sort of surprised that you don't have something similar, since in most ways you are way ahead of us in providing medical care.
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Old 02-19-19, 02:58 PM
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The availability of public assistance in getting to medical appointments is, unfortunately, a political question. I live in an area where disabled seniors can go to their appointments for a modest fee.

My neighbor who can't walk on her own, uses it regulerly. This is so because of a political decision. It is not true everywhere in the US.

I'm sort of surprised that you don't have something similar, since in most ways you are way ahead of us in providing medical care.
Since you live in Boston, @ironwood , I posted earlier about my nearly ideal situation for car-free (or car-light) medical situations.
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So too, Boston is a medical mecca, and major teaching hospitals are within about two miles, and we have a car parked nearby. For a personal crisis, one is always advised, don't drive yourself.

A
mbulances, taxis, and Uber are always available, and subway lines bring you to a short walk of a Hospital or doctor's office, at least where we live...
Location, location, location...

PS: Apropos of this thread, "Dealing with Medical Situations,"I recently replied (link) to a General Cycling Discussion thread, "Life-saving cyclists" about cycling Emergency Medical Technicians.

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