Why Are Hospital TV Rental Costs Beyond Ridiculous? : The Saturday Weekend Review #248

WHEN YOU REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT A HOSPITAL TV IS TO A PATIENT THE COSTS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN AN EMERGENCY EXPENSE WELL SPENT.   When you’re in an all-white room in a not so comfy bed where not all patients are able to take care of themselves that hospital room becomes a very lonely world. For many patients and care-givers in Ontario the price of a hospital TV and WiFi is beyond over-priced and a topic I wanted to discuss with all of you. I’ve always been the first to say if you can’t afford it, don’t buy it but there are times in our lives where money is not the objective, life is. This is something that Mrs. CBB and I have learned through personal experience and just recently with my sick father-in-law who says, “You can’t bring money to the grave”.   Hook me up, but at what cost?   What I did learn recently is that not all hospitals in Ontario offer the same perks and prices for technology based services such as a hospital TV or internet. For example these are the charges for Wi-Fi at Hamilton Health Sciences hospitals yet the University Hospital in London, […]

The costs of fertility treatments to create a miracle

A  STORY OF A COUPLES STRUGGLE   Fertility treatment centers across Canada are visited every day from couples who are struggling to conceive. Each week I find that someone is coming to the blog looking for answers on the costs of fertility treatments, ovulation tests, what infertility is, fertility calendars, fertility calculators and so on. The reality is there are not always any real answers and the doctors will put you through a series of tests and medications that will cost you out-of-pocket if you don’t have the benefits coverage to pay. Many couples will go into debt or use their life savings for an ounce of hope and stop at nothing from re-mortgaging their homes, borrowing money or using credit cards to fund fertility treatments. Sadly, not every treatment has a happy ending and costs can mount up month after month, year after year. If both your fallopian tubes are blocked In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is not covered under OHIP but the province of Ontario will cover a portion of the costs of IVF but when they say a portion it’s a small portion. Update: Oct 1, 2015 If you are under the age of 43 treatment for IVF […]

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